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spotlight: Autumn 2018

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Editorial

Welcome to this seventh edition of Spotlight, on Leadership. You may not regard yourself as a leader but before you switch off or discard this issue, please be reassured that there will be something in it for you; whether you relate better to the servant leader model, the practical caring...

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a leader isn't who you think it is

If you'd asked me a little while ago whether I considered myself to be a leader, I would have affirmed without hesitation. Since childhood I've sought to be in control of every situation and as such, have grown rather adept at taking the lead, getting my voice heard and ultimately,...

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is it really true that 'readers are leaders'?

Harry S Truman, former President of the United States, said, 'not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.' (1) If you've taken the time to do research on the internet about the habits of leaders, you'll see that most lists have at least one fact in common: reading. They...

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my journey into leadership

It was Christmas Eve 1981. On the ninth floor, of a ward block, of a London hospital, I was a student nurse with a dying patient. The ward was busy that night, but my Sister's instructions were clear. 'Your job this shift is to stay with your patient.' Little did...

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Book review

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story Christie Watson Chatto & Windus2018£9.65336ppISBN: 978-1784741976 Reviewed by Steve Fouch, CMF Head of Communications Sometimes we forget what a huge privilege it is to be a nurse. Sitting with the dying, being there at the birth of a new life, helping people navigate through...

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biblical leadership for nurses & midwives

Effective leadership and management are at the core of good clinical practice, enabling staff to feel valued and appreciated and patients and relatives to feel safe and cared for within a positive learning culture. Leadership and management can operate interchangeably, but the concepts have some unique characteristics of their own....

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mentoring

Have you ever thought about the influence you have on the people around you? Or the influence they are having on you? Who do you look up to? And who looks up to you? Some relationships have a significant influence on us; we invest in some people and some people...

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time & seasons

There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to kill and a time to heal… a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to...

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7 days of prayer for nurses & midwives

When we first thought of the idea of encouraging prayer for all of those in nursing and midwifery, we hardly expected the response we got. Our initial idea was simply to encourage as wide an audience of believers as we could to pray for those in the caring professions and...

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on the frontline

What area of nursing are you in? I'm currently a practice nurse in Camden, London Why did you choose this speciality? I didn't... It found me! I actually trained as a paediatric nurse and worked in a London hospital as a staff nurse and then as a junior Sister. It was only...

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