Being conductor of the orchestra: An exploration of district nursing leadership
Smith, Margaret Coulter
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Dickson, C., McVittie, C. & Smith, M. C. (2020) Being conductor of the orchestra: An exploration of district nursing leadership. British Journal of Community Nursing, 25(5), pp. 214-221.
The purpose of the present study was to gain insight into how district nurses understand their leadership role. Data were generated through interviews and audio-journals and analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Findings suggested that district nurses managing teams and caseloads experienced a burden of responsibility. Being creative problem solvers, they adopted facilitative ways of engaging with patients but directive approaches to team management. District nurses sharing leadership with multidisciplinary colleagues did not appear to experience this burden. Their leadership drew on their facilitative approaches to care-giving. If nurses enabled, rather than directed teams, they could create a context for developing autonomy and growth, easing the burden of responsibility.