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of the role. I knew that I would take some time to write our findings up in the form of my thesis. It was at this point I decided to put a proposal to the group drawing together all the solutions, particularly from meeting eight, in order to create a potential action for the future. This action or proposal related to the professional development and support of the role and would not be dependent on my timelines as a student. If the group agreed it was worthwhile then I, in my organisational role, would commence the consultation with my appropriate managers and commence implementation. Meeting nine commenced with the presentation (see Figure 8) drawn up on a whiteboard. Prior to the meeting, I had sent the group electronic notification of my intention to present a proposal.

The first section of the meeting was occupied with an explanation of the proposal. The two part proposal was a culmination of our solutions from our research relating to professional development of the Clinical Nurse Leader. Part A was to pilot a professional development model with four Clinical Nurse Leaders from within the District Health Board (DHB). These four would be chosen with varying experience and from different settings in the DHB: One with greater than five years in the role, one less, one from a satellite hospital and one from the primary health setting. These four would look at their present position descriptions and identify any gaps they felt they had and these would be put to their respective managers as opportunities for ongoing education. The most frequently used organisational position description was an overview of the accountabilities. From these accountabilities, a skills list would be created. This skills list would be prescriptive. Levels of familiarity with, for example, rostering system, performance management and patient allocation systems would be asked of the CNL. Furthermore, if the CNL agreed, an independent facilitator would meet with nursing teams to facilitate discussion on the team’s understanding of the role of Clinical Nurse Leader. This would be a strictly role- related discussion. Nursing staff could, if interested, pick up one of the CNL’s portfolios.


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