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The Essentials of Nursing Leadership

The Essentials of Nursing Leadership

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December 2016 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This new approach to leadership focuses on how students can develop leadership skills right from the start of their nursing programme through to transitioning to their first role. The book first takes students through the underpinning knowledge and theory and then through practical skills to help them understand all aspects of leadership and how it is a key component of providing quality care to patients in a range of environments and settings. Real stories from nursing leaders, practitioners and students are included to inspire students and show them how they can impact positively on practice, whatever level they are working at.    

Key features include:

  • Real life focus, grounded in everyday practice, with lots of case studies and examples to help students see how theory relates to practice
  • Activities to help students reflect about their own practice, and about themselves as leaders
  • Video interviews with nurse leaders and students on the companion website
  • Further reading and links to journal articles in both the book and the companion website help students delve deeper and prepare for assessments.
Ruth Taylor and Brian Webster-Henderson
Introduction: the book roadmap and core skills for leadership
Annette Thomas-Gregory
Chapter 1: The context of leadership in practice
Alison Crombie and Gayle Garland
Chapter 2: Nursing leadership in organisations: Theory and practice
Lizzie Jelfs
Chapter 3: Policy perspective: students as the future generation of leaders
Tim Bryson
Chapter 4: Leadership and inter-professional practice
Stephen Tee
Chapter 5: Leadership from the perspective of the public
Mary Gobbi
Chapter 6: Global issues for nursing leadership
Brian Webster, Gillian McCready and Sandra Cairncross
Chapter 7: The coaching leader
Ruth Taylor and Susan Tokley
Chapter 8: Networking and leadership
Jayne Donaldson and Mike Sabin
Chapter 9: Preparation for transition to leadership in qualified practice
Brian Webster-Henderson
Chapter 10: Harnessing your skills as a future leader: Role models in action
Ruth Taylor
Chapter 11: The student nurse as leader
Brian Webster-Henderson and Ruth Taylor
Epilogue: Personal reflections

'This contemporary book is a breath of fresh air and a must read for those studying nursing. The range of theories and concepts are presented in a clear and accessible manner as well as activities to support learning throughout. This is a helpful and excellent resource and great piece of work.' 


Irene Kennedy
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

‘An innovative and contemporary text on leadership in Nursing that is aimed directly at the nursing student. Written in the context of the student as a leader and using real life experiences, it guides the student in their exploration of leadership.’ 

Stephanie Dunleavy
Ulster University, Ireland

'A very good book on leadership for undergraduate nursing and midwifery students. It deals with key leadership concepts such as context policy, inter-professional, public and global issues. These are particularly relevant in today’s healthcare climate. Part 2 considers different leadership approaches culminating in a novel and unique perspective on the nursing student as leader.' 

Mary Casey
University College Dublin, Ireland

Guided activities for personal development
Evaluation of leadership theory
Future planning
Relevant themes

Ms Suzanne Jarvis
College of Health & Social Care, University of Derby (Chesterfield)
August 7, 2019

This book gives a good fundamental understanding of the main issues of nursing leadership. It would be useful throughout pre-registration course but particular in the more senior module leading to the final management placement.

Mr Chris Palmer
School Of Health Sciences, University Of Nottingham
October 18, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters


Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor is a Professor of Nursing and Deputy Dean at Anglia Ruskin University. She had previously worked at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen for fifteen years. Her research and policy expertise relates to the student experience with a particular focus on the selection of student nurses and midwives. Her teaching expertise lies in clinical leadership, research (particularly in relation to qualitative research and case study research) and professional practice for compassionate care. In addition, she supervises students from undergraduate to doctoral levels. She has published and presented internationally. Ruth peer reviews and sits on... More About Author

Brian Webster-Henderson

Also available as a South Asia Edition.

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