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A Nursing Discussion Post

Bondas (2006) identify four paths to clinical leadership: temporary path, chance, ideals and the career path. Nurses can take any of these paths to achieve effective clinical leadership. A comprehensive life experience encompassing adversity and leadership qualities built over an extended period can help to motivate individuals. As such, people are empowered to take different paths to becoming leaders in nursing. Keast (2014) provides a detailed discussion of how an individual such as Faye Clarke evolved into leadership by using the path of ideas. The incumbent had to fulfill her desire of becoming a Registered Nurse. The aboriginal had vast experience with the physical and mental health outcomes of her people and needed to make a difference.

The literature showed a high correlation between the increased premature deaths with Aboriginality. Faye’s leadership could be expressed throughout her nursing degree during her practicums and in her early working years. The incumbent assumed her current leadership position through her close association with Aboriginality and related opportunities. The idea of taking opportunities upon their existence demonstrates the path of chance (Bondas, 2006). The way of ideal is, however, showed in Ms. Clarke’s passion and courage which motivated her to fight for the health of the Aboriginal as well as cultural competence towards leadership.

Drennan (2012) shows how career path to leadership in nursing can be managed through post-graduate education. Educational advancement such as Masters prepares graduates to assume leadership responsibilities with the aim of developing capabilities and knowledge. Such passion is essential for individuals aiming at taking senior positions. As such, people can respond to advertised positions or act temporarily as leaders. Nurses who go on leave also give a path of chance where those who remain to get extensive opportunities to advocate for patients, for fellow nurses and the entire health system. Keast (2014, p. 20) emphasized the need to become leaders in healthcare. This assertion implies that each path is critical for the nursing leadership in the contemporary world.


Bondas, T 2006, ‘Paths to nursing leadership’, Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 332-339.

Drennan, J 2012, ‘Masters in nursing degrees: an evaluation of management and leadership outcomes using a retrospective pre-test design’, Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 20, pp. 102-112.

Keast, K 2014, ‘Taking the lead, nurses, midwives and leadership’, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 18-23.