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The Nurse Manager as Educator




There is a global shortage of qualified nurses and health services are recruiting nurses from across the world. Nurses are ‘knowledge workers’ who have a primary loyalty to the profession. With respect to this concept of ‘knowledgeworkers’, Stewart (2003) observed:

At the same time that employers have weakened the ties of job security and loyalty, they more than ever depend on human capital . . . they[knowledge workers] bring to their work not only their bodies but their minds—even their souls—and are far more loyal to their work.

Nurses as ‘knowledge workers’ will stay committed to their employers if they are provided with the resources for interesting work, and if they are able to learn, grow and use all of their skills. If such an environment is not forthcoming, nurses, like other knowledge workers, will move on. This presents nurse managers with challenges in creating an environment in which nurse practitioners can flourish and perform effectively.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • A learning environment
  • Deep and surface learning
  • Single-loop and double-loop learning
  • Creating learning opportunities
  • Learning logs and portfolios
  • Learning sets—how to learn from one another
  • Using skills escalators—the skills inventory
  • Formal programs—what courses offer
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Role modelling
  • On-the-job training and teaching in clinical settings
  • Reducing the clinical–academic divide
    • Supporting students in practice-based learning
    • Whole-systems activity for education and practice
    • Joint appointments and new careers
  • Conclusion
  • References
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Author / Editor Biographies

Sue is a registered nurse, health visitor and registered nurse teacher with postgraduate qualifications in social sciences and management. Sue has worked as director of Adult and Children's Nursing at the English National Board for Nursing Midwifery and Health Visiting, is a mentor on the national leadership programme and is an experienced auditor with the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Sue is currently provice chancellor at the University of Huddersfield (UK) where she is responsible for teaching and learning across the university. One of the few nurses to be part of the ex...

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