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In Praise of Tall Poppies: Nursing's Need for Leadership




This chapter is based on the somewhat controversial assumption that nursing currently lacks strong, creative and courageous leadership (Pearson, 1992). It also examines the skills and strategies associated with leadership and the relationship between leadership and change. Finally, this chapter emphasises that Nursing needs tall poppies and that nurses need to nourish their tall poppies and take pride in their growth and more nurses need to be prepared to take a stand and reach out further. In other words nurses should take pride in being led by those who have the skills to lead.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Tall poppies
  • The need to grow our own leaders
  • Leadership theories
    • What is leadership?
  • Leadership style
  • Coping in an environment of rapid change
  • The method or activities of change (i.e. the change process)
  • An eclectic approach to a change strategy for nursing
  • Conclusion
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RN, ONC, DipNEd, DANS, MSc, PhD, FINA, FCN (NSW), FRCNA and FRCN.
Alan is head of nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). Alan has extensive experience in nursing practice, nursing research and academic nursing. Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1969, he has practised in a range of nursing fields in the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. He has been an active researcher since 1981 and has conducted a large number of research projects in the fields of aged care, nursing history, and organ donation. Alan was instrumental in establishing the Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence ...
RN, Cert (CCU), DipTeaching (Nursing), BEd (Nursing), MA (Education) and PhD.
Sally Borbasi is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Nursing of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Adelaide. Recently she completed a PhD study that explored the experiences of advanced practice nurses working in acute care surgical settings in a large teaching hospital in Sydney. Her MA thesis examined issues regarding the clinical assessment of undergraduate nurses. She has been in the nurse education sector since 1987 prior to which she was a clinician specialising in intensive/coronary care. Dr Borbasi has an interest in all things related to nursing and nursing researc...

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