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5.2.

Analysis and Interpretation of Phase One Interviews

The themes analysed from the interviews revealed content relating to the role, the attributes, skills and knowledge requirements for the role, plus the experience of being a Clinical Nurse Leader.

Table 1: Thematic content of clinical nurse leaders’ interviews by key groupings

ROLE OF CNL

SKILLS ATTRIBUTES KNOWLEDGE OF REQUIREMENTS CNL CNL

EXPERIENCE OF BEING A CNL

Legitimate

Enabling

power/authority

Respect/

Staff advocate

consistency/

support

fairness

Patients

Sense of Humour

Pivotal/influential

Varied/adaptable

Standards

Gender

Systems

Conflicting management vs. leadership

Professional Relationship

Separate/apart

Professional support

International colleague

Feedback

Exciting/enjoyable

Complex

Communication

Privilege/humbling

Hard work & emotionally draining

Relationship with manager

Moving away from clinical skills

5.3.

The Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader

The role of CNL was seen as pivotal, possessive of legitimate power, responsible for upholding standards of care, committed to patient care, an advocate for their nursing staff and described as complex.

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