Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 33(4) December 2020 : 62-67.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2021.26419
Leading in Home and Community

Navigating Turbulent Waters: Leading Home and Community Care Practice Change during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Barbara Jones, Shari Comerford, Karen Curry and Irene Holubiec


This case study outlines the journey of a home-care organization to support practice change during the COVID-19 crisis. The leadership attributes and organizational structures and processes required for a nimble knowledge-to-action response are explored in relation to client screening, personal protective equipment and development of virtual care. A home and community practice lens was often not evident in the literature or guidance documents. This added complexity to the process of rapidly evaluating evidence and guidance across two provinces and issuing practice direction to a widely dispersed and mobile workforce. A cross-functional clinical response team has been invaluable in the organization's pandemic response.



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