Perspectives on global nursing leadership: International experiences from the field

Buckner, E.B., Anderson, D.J., Garzon, N., Hafsteinsdóttir, T.B., Lai, C.K.Y., & Roshan, R. (2014) Perspectives on global nursing leadership: International experiences from the field. International Nursing Review, 61(4), pp. 463-471.

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Nursing leaders from six countries engaged in a year-long discussion on global leadership development. The purpose of these dialogues was to strengthen individual and collective capacity as nursing leaders in a global society. Field experiences in practice and education were shared. Perspectives on global leadership can strengthen nurses' contributions to practice, workplace and policy issues worldwide.


Transformational leadership empowers nurses' increasing confidence. Mentoring is needed to stimulate leadership development but this is lacking in many settings where nurses practice, teach and influence policy. Organizations with global mission provide opportunity for nurses' professional growth in leadership through international dialogues.


Dialogues among participants were held monthly by conference calls or videoconferences. Example stories from each participant illustrated nursing leadership in action. From these exemplars, concepts were chosen to create a framework. Emerging perspectives and leadership themes represented all contexts of practice, education, research and policy. The cultural context of each country was reflected in the examples.


Themes emerged that crossed global regions and countries. Themes were creativity, change, collaboration, community, context and courage.


Relationships initially formed in professional organizations can be extended to intentionally facilitate global nursing leadership development. Exemplars from the dialogues demonstrated nursing leadership in health policy development within each cultural context. Recommendations are given for infrastructure development in organizations to enhance future collaborations.

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ID Code: 83490
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cross-cultural Perspectives, Nursing Leadership Development, Mentoring, Leadership Processes, Role Modeling, Global Leadership, Leadership Discussion, Leadership Exemplars, International Nursing, Global Nursing
DOI: 10.1111/inr.12139
ISSN: 0020-8132
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 International Council of Nurses
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2015 23:38
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 11:41

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