Explore and evaluate band 5 nurses’ flexible leadership development and practice

Anthony Conner*

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Leadership is often viewed as pertaining to nurses in high level roles and may overlook the importance of attending to the potential and needs of those in ‘lower’ or entry level positions (e.g. UK band 5). Those ‘lower level’ nurses may be future leaders and understanding their needs and wishes is crucial.

1. To explore band 5 nurses’ experiences and views of leadership.
2. To generate an understanding of how and why these experiences and views occur.
3. To explore whether emerging insights can inform future band 5 leadership development in a flexible framework of development.

A qualitative methodology was adopted using semi-structured interviews to collect data was used a thematic analysis approach was used to analyse data. Sample size n=18

Findings informed the generation of the ‘Leader 5’ framework – a leadership development framework for band 5 nurses. The framework comprises of 5 key requirements: a standardised, accessible definition of leadership; access to/availability of band 5 nurse leadership education programmes/courses; support and supervision in practice; a supportive organisational infrastructure and culture; career pathways for band 5 nurses, this framework can be used to deliver flexible development for the band 5 nurse, or a student nurse close to registration.

This study discovered there is a need to support band 5’s or indeed 3rd year students in a meaningful way, providing support, education, and a practice-based approach supported by mentors to leadership development.

Promoting leadership development for band 5 nurses is pivotal for safe care delivery, there needs to be a change in the way we think of developing leadership in junior grades of nurses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRCN International Nursing Research Conference 2023: Embedding a Culture of Research in Nursing
Subtitle of host publicationConference abstracts
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal College of Nursing
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2023
EventRCN Research conference - University of Manchester, Manchester , United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20238 Sept 2023


ConferenceRCN Research conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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