The Embodied Nurse: Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange between compassionate nursing and recent developments in embodied leadership studies

Kushwanth Koya, Jane Anderson, Petia Sice

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Abstract

Aim - To report a potential knowledge exchange between nursing studies and the results obtained from a study conducted into the attributes of embodied leadership.

Background - Leadership theories have been applied to evaluate, improve and train nursing practitioners in several previous studies. However, leadership research has entered a new phase where the focus is to produce sustainable leaders through authenticity and compassion, the same two characteristics identified as being of most success in emergent nursing practice. There are few studies that have indicated a knowledge exchange between the latest developments in leadership studies and nursing.

Design - An exploratory and qualitative study.

Method - Between February 2012 - July 2012, a focused sample of 14 medical care professionals was interviewed across a chain of hospitals. The aim was to evaluate embodied leadership characteristics and understand the factors that contribute to the manifestation of these characteristics. The transcribed interviews were analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings - Several factors that contribute to the characteristics of embodied leadership have been identified in the interviews as well as in subsequent literature searches on the characteristics and contributing factors found to be associated with nursing research. These could prompt a knowledge exchange.

Conclusion - The results suggest common ground between nursing and contemporary leadership research in the exposition of behaviours; namely, being non-judgmental, listening actively, reflective practice and embracing uncertainty. Several implications can therefore be expected through the exchange of knowledge resulting from collaboration between researchers in the two disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Early online date20 Jul 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jul 2017

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