Leadership in Nursing

  • June Girvin
Part of the Essentials of Nursing Management book series (ENMS)


The notion of leadership in nursing has, until fairly recently, been inadequately explored. There is very little research into nursing leadership in the UK dating from before 1980, but interest and subsequent publications are now increasing, and since the 1980s there has been considerable debate and discussion. The growing interest is closely linked to the political and organisational changes and influences that have affected nurses and nursing management over the past 30 years or so in the UK, and while leadership and management are recognised as two separate issues, changes in one are likely to have affected the other. It is thus difficult to discuss leadership in nursing without placing it in its historical, political and managerial context.


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