Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 36(4) April 2024 : 73-80.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2024.27306
Leadership Perspective

Talking About Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership: What Canadian Nurse Leaders Have to Say

Mary McAllister, Marilyn Ballantyne and Pam Hubley


Nursing leadership is essential to improving nurse retention, their well-being, the quality of nursing care and patient safety. As healthcare leaders become increasingly aware of Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SBNH-L), we dialogued with Canadian nurse leaders to understand their views on this leadership approach. Five senior nursing leaders representing practice, academic and health policy contexts were interviewed. Five themes emerged: connections, opportunities for growth, humanism, optimism and hope for the future. Leaders shared that SBNH-L is a valuable, timely leadership approach that will promote system-wide health and healing post-pandemic. A call to action is offered to advance adoption of this essential leadership approach.



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