CHAPTER 8. COALESCING
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT
This chapter details all of the action research group’s last meetings. At this point, the group had moved to a clearer understanding about the role and had drawn from their everyday practice as to how they managed the conflict that occurs between the leadership and management functions. The focus had shifted from powerlessness, an impediment of earlier meetings, to sharing strategies and how others experience their reality. They listened and learned from each other as critical companions. The role, as defined by the group, was one of leadership, management and patient care. Amongst the move to better understanding of their role they had demonstrated concern for the future communities of Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs). This was to be further advanced in these, the last of the action research meetings.
These meetings were remarkable by the fact that group consensus was quickly gained on what shape the professional preparation and development for the CNL should take. Figure 7 summarises what was discussed and the action points taken. The contesting, recycling and the debating that featured in meetings four to seven was absent as the group showed a concern for the future CNL workforce.
Meeting eight was held in July 2006. The purpose of the meeting was to analyse the professional development and support given and required of the role of CNL. Meeting nine was the last action research meeting and was concerned with a professional development proposal that evolved out of the meetings. I had put together this proposal and would present it to the group for endorsement or rejection. Meeting 10, held in October, was the evaluation of the overall research process.