Indigenous leadership in nursing: Speaking life into each other's spirits
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The literature on nursing leadership reads as a list of exemplary personal traits. However, a leader’s ability to shape the healthcare environment and contribute to positive outcomes for patients is undeniable (Mannix, Wilkes, & Daly, 2013). The impact that nursing leaders have on patient outcomes means that leadership needs to be scrutinised (Jackson & Watson, 2009). Leadership in nursing explored from an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective is a story that is vital to all health professionals. Our work has often gone unnoticed and unrecorded, yet we have made significant differences to the health, wellbeing and safety of our people. Leadership is a mantle taken on by all Indigenous women and men entering this workforce. We have been the warriors of our people in the academy, hospitals, community health and primary healthcare settings. We begin this chapter with Lynore’s story, which exemplifies some of the challenges of being an Indigenous nurse leader. These challenges include racist assumptions about ability, the Whiteness of the Australian healthcare system, and ownership of Indigenous issues. Other issues that will be discussed include the nature of Indigenous leadership and some of the intrinsic challenges to Indigenous leadership. Throughout the chapter as you read, we ask that you set aside any preconceived assumptions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and open your mind to the possibility of alternative worldviews.
Leadership and Nursing: Contemporary perspectives
Nursing not elsewhere classified