Leadership skills in any occupation drive change. But in the nursing profession, leadership skills are vital to patient care and advocacy, regardless of your title or position. Nurses with leadership skills are change makers.
Why? Because nurses have an intimate knowledge of the political, economic and organisational barriers to excellent health care, and can inspire and motivate others to maintain and improve patient outcomes. Leadership skills play a critical role in maintaining the productivity and cost-effectiveness of nursing and midwifery services, aged care services and health services as a whole.