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sector and the sector needs to be involved in curriculum development addressing specifically the two positions of business culture and nursing culture. The present education for the role is influenced by and restricted to non-nursing leadership models and management philosophy. This research adds to an impressive amount of nursing-led research on a nursing role. It is timely to consider the review of education offered to the CNL in this DHB to be underpinned by this collection of nursing-led research on a nursing role.


Challenges and Limitations

Action research was the methodology I chose to pursue my inquiry within this DHB. I, as the principal investigator, was already employed in a nursing management role at the District Health Board. Coghlan and Brannick (2005) state:

Sharing the power of knowledge production with the researched subverts the normal practice of knowledge and policy development as being the primary domain of researchers and policy-makers. Action researchers work on the epistemological assumption that the purpose of academic research and discourse is not just to describe, understand and explain the world but also to change it. The issue is not so much the form of the knowledge produced or the methodology employed to gather data/evidence but who decides the research agenda in the first place and who benefits directly from it. (p. 7)

Koch and Kralik (2006) ask the following questions of an action research project: Is the inquiry useful? How do we know we have a quality research practice? Has it made a difference and are actions sustainable?

The group initially struggled with the action research process but achieved remarkable insight and outcomes. Separate to this uncertainty, as Dick (2001) describes, a climate of support was established. This climate within the action research group saw frail and conflicting data contested. Themes were rejected, remaining ones discussed and realities of practice applied. Dick explains in an action research process language and dialogue form a large part of the data, allowing participants access and involvement to challenge the


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