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Development of a leadership role in a secure environment

Rani, Shobha MSc, MA, HDip Nursing (Ed) RGN, RPN, RNT1; Brennan, Michael RPN, RNT, Dip Social Studies, Cert Management Studies, Dip Addiction, MEd2; Timmons, David PG Dip FBS, RMN, CertM, ENB99, MSc in Mental Health1

Journal of Forensic Nursing: June 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 96–103
doi: 10.1111/j.1939-3938.2010.01073.x
Original Articles

Abstract: The ever‐changing demands of recruitment and retention, both nationally and at a local level, have resulted in many staff with little or no experience in managing a unit in a secure setting. This study aimed to elicit the views of a cross‐section of unit‐based staff and middle management, on their experiences of leadership and taking charge of a shift/unit. A qualitative descriptive design was adapted for this study. The data were collected using focus group interviews guided by semistructured interview schedules. Twenty‐one subjects participated in three focus groups. The data were analyzed using Colaizzi's (1978) framework. Five themes emerged from the data analysis. These are: Perceived practical skills deficit, perceived difference in experience, training program, leadership skills, and teaching learning methods. Implications: The themes generated will provide a framework to develop a training program, which will prepare staff to take on a leadership role within a unit, if required.

1Training & Development Department, National Forensic Mental Health Service, Dublin, Ireland

2School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

Received: May 15, 2008; accepted: February 26, 2009

Correspondence Michael Brennan, RPN, RNT, Dip Social Studies, Cert Management Studies, Dip Addiction, MEd. School of Nursing & Midwifery, 24 D'Olier Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. Tel +353 1 8963950/086 0247433; E‐mail:

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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