Nursing Leads a Community Feeling of Belonging - but in a Quiet Way; ADVERTISING FEATURE Carol Shillabeer, Director of Nursing for Powys Teaching Health Board, Reflects on the Role of Nursing Leadership
WE often aren't recognising the extent of excellent leadership we have in nursing in Wales.
Often some of our best leaders are the quietest people, the most unassuming and people who will lead in a quiet way but achieve fantastic results and I know I have those in Powys. They are inspirational, you can see the impact they have on their teams and how they are encouraging and nurturing people.
We will have all different types of leaders and it is good to get the eclectic mix of people. Often those who quietly lead may not be fully recognised in what they are achieving.
It is incumbent on us to seek out those leaders and make sure they are recognised. I think in most hospitals and in most district nurse teams, most health visitor teams, the patients, clients and service users will see the leaders.
I believe I am a quieter leader. I like to lead from the front. I have always wanted to make sure that I can demonstrate that I am willing to get stuck in when it is needed. I always valued those ward sisters and nurses leaders I worked with who rolled their sleeves up on a busy day and got working. I am reasonably quiet but believe positive results will come through.
You get your recognition by what you do not just what you say. It is important to be able to inspire people but you have got to be able to do it too. As the saying goes "there is a thin line between vision and delusion."
I think there is a challenge but keeping in touch with the frontline is very important and as a Nurse Director it is a critical part of the job.
It is so easy to get sucked into strategy, policy, meetings about finance and other things, and you could absolutely do that all day every day. …