Evaluation of a clinical leadership programme for nurse leaders

J Nurs Manag. 2012 Jan;20(1):72-80. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01271.x. Epub 2011 Jun 27.


Aim: This is an evaluation study of the impact of the adapted RCN Clinical Leadership Programme on the development of leadership competencies of nurse leaders in Switzerland.

Background: Transformational leadership competencies are essential for delivering high-quality care within health-care organizations. However, many countries have identified a lack of leadership skills in nurse leaders. Consequently, the development of leadership competencies is a major objective for health-care centres.

Methods: This article describes the quantitative results of a mixed methods study. A one-group pre-test-post-test quasi-experimental design was used. A convenience sample of 14 ward leaders were assessed three times using the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). Descriptive and inferential data analysis techniques were employed.

Results: In total 420 observer-assessment questionnaires and 42 self-assessment questionnaires were distributed. Our main finding was that nurse leaders following the programme, demonstrated significant improvement in two subscales of the LPI -'inspiring a shared vision' and 'challenging the process'.

Conclusion: This study showed improvement in two leadership practices of nurse leaders following a programme that has been adapted to Swiss health care.

Implications for nursing management: Findings concur with others studies that suggest that investments in educational programs to facilitate leadership skills in nurse leaders are justified.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Administrators / education*
  • Nurse Administrators / standards
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Switzerland