Parallel to these initiatives an intranet site, inclusive of a photo and profile, would need to be established for the CNL group in the DHB. This profile should include how long they had been employed as a CNL, their areas of interests, plus any committee or project work they had undertaken. This site could also have the potential for ongoing networking and support amongst the group. A further proposal would need to be put to the DHB to establish a lounge that CNLs could use when they wished, either in their breaks or after they had completed their clinical day. Part B related to new appointments that may occur in the interim. A new Clinical Nurse Leader would be offered, in conjunction with their manager, the position description analysis plus skills list. In addition, an introduction to a more senior CNL as a mentor would be provided.
On completion of this explanation, I reiterated that the proposal was created from all of our ideas from research process. This included the discussions, questions asked, changes suggested and group endorsement of the proposal achieved. Initially, a participant questioned whether the name of the lounge should be the Clinical Nurse Leader Lounge, and whether the lounge should only be restricted to those who had this as their title. This participant was concerned that there was a risk of the lounge becoming “elitist”. To prevent elitism happening, she suggested it should be called Senior Nurse Lounge. There was general agreement in the group that the name should change. The group then discussed if the proposal would be suitable for those who act up into the role temporarily. It was suggested even if the tenure was only in terms of weeks, another CNL could be appointed as a support. It was agreed that the longer appointments covering maternity leave would benefit from access to the position description as well as another CNL as a support.
Following on, a participant commented: “You have done very well with all that information”. Another asked “Did it come out like ping or …. did this idea come ping or it is just something that has grown over time?” I relayed how the idea did develop suddenly but came from a period of immersion through all our research. My reply included:
and then suddenly the other night I thought this is our last meeting we’ve got all these ideas surely we can start to do something now with them”, continuing
later “and all of our work about mentoring professional development it’s all of