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
Sense of Humour
Conflicting management vs. leadership
Hard work & emotionally draining
Relationship with manager
Moving away from clinical skills
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.