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Information Sheet for a Study on Clinical Leadership in Nursing within a New Zealand District Health Board setting


Suzanne Gardner (Suzie): Wellington

Graduate School Of Nursing & Midwifery, Victoria University of

I am a Masters student in Nursing at Graduate School of Nursing Victoria University of Wellington. As part of this degree I am undertaking a research project leading to a thesis. The project I am undertaking is a study based on the principles of action research exploring clinical leadership in nursing within a District Health Board setting. This research has been approved by Victoria University of Wellington Ethics Committee and the Chief Executive Officer of the Waikato District Health Board.

I am inviting nurse leaders, as defined by their Waikato District Health Board position description, presently practising in either a clinical nurse leader or charge nurse role to participate alongside me in this study. The study will be undertaken based on the principles of action research that is research which is cyclic, qualitative and participatory. The research project will consist of two stages of data collection involving 8-10 participants.

The first phase will involve a one on one interview, approximately an hour long, exploring clinical leadership. Following on from this a thematic analysis will be done to provide the basis for the first of 6-10 meetings. The direction of the research will then be determined by the group. You can withdraw at any time without question. If you volunteer participation will span over approximately six months and will entail regular meetings of one to two hours. The agenda and venue will be determined by the group and the contents will be taped.

All efforts will be employed to protect the identity of the participants within the research thesis. This action research project will form the basis of my thesis, which will be submitted for examination to Victoria University of Wellington and deposited within both the University library and the District Health Board library. It is intended that one or more articles will be submitted for publication in scholarly journals. All written material will be destroyed two years after the end of the project.

All participants will be sent a summary of research findings and depending on the outcome, the group may decide to give a joint presentation at a conference.

If you have any questions or would like further information there are two options: 1) Please do not hesitate to contact myself and/or my supervisors- see below for contact details OR


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