A qualitative study exploring senior nurses’ understanding of compassionate leadership in community healthcare
Ali, S and Terry, LM (2017). A qualitative study exploring senior nurses’ understanding of compassionate leadership in community healthcare. British Journal of Community Nursing. 22 (2).
|Authors||Ali, S and Terry, LM|
Background:Developing compassionate leadership is a priority since high profile failings in older people care have come to light. Little is known regarding how compassionate leadership is perceived in community healthcare organisations. Aim:The aim was to understand how leaders and senior staff within a Community NHS Trust perceive compassionate leadership and its importance. Method:This qualitative study employed semi-structured, audio-recorded interviews analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Sample:Purposive sampling was used to recruit nursing leaders (n=11) within one Community NHS Trust. Findings:Leading and caring with compassion are particularly important in the community. Compassionate leadership involves role modelling, person-centred care and compassion towards staff not just patients. A concept of 'gritty compassion' was identified which could lead to a loss of compassion. Conclusion:Community organisations need compassionate leaders who lead with their heads and their hearts and ensure that patients, clients and families feel cared for not merely treated.
|Keywords||compassion; leadership; community nursing; 6Cs; qualitative research|
|Journal||British Journal of Community Nursing|
|Journal citation||22 (2)|
|Publisher||Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.12968/bjcn.2017.22.2.77|
|04 Feb 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||12 Jan 2017|
|Accepted||01 Dec 2016|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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