This study offers an up-to-date review of the limited number of studies on the relationship between nurse leadership and patient outcomes. Although mostly transformational leadership was found to be responsible for positive associations with outcomes, also contingent reward had positive influence on outcomes. We formulated some comments on the predominance of the transformational leadership concept and suggested the application of complexity theory and political leadership for the current context of care. We formulated some implications for practice and further research, mainly the need for more systematic empirical and cross cultural studies and the urgent need for the development of a validated set of nurse-sensitive patient outcome indicators.
Verschueren, M., Kips, J. and Euwema, M. (2013), "A review on leadership of head nurses and patient safety and quality of care", Leading in Health Care Organizations: Improving Safety, Satisfaction and Financial Performance (Advances in Health Care Management, Vol. 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 3-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1474-8231(2013)0000014006Download as .RIS
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