Establishing district nurses as leaders in the NHS

Helena Kelly*

*Corresponding author for this work

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District nurses play a pivotal role in the National Health Service, yet are largely absent as advisers and leaders within executive boards. This review's aim was to describe what is known about leadership in district nursing and inform leadership education needs within it.

A literature search across three different databases yielded eight studies, on leadership and district nursing, which had been published since 2010.

District nurses have attributes which make them compassionate and transformational leaders, but they need to increase the visibility of their profession and articulate their patient-focused vision for their profession.
District nursing education may be key to developing district nurse leadership, across their profession and at strategic level.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPrimary Health Care
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Jan 2024


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