I had not thought of nurses as leaders any more than I think of teachers or social workers as leaders. Highly skilled professionals, possibly supervising less experienced staff, who of course can and do successfully move into management positions but this was training for pre registration nurses to equip them for the transition from student to qualified nurse. You will note that this was not about clinical leadership, best practice and professional values but management skills including delegation and prioritisation.
Maybe I am reading too much into the phrase “explore management skills” and “ leadership skills” . Maybe my idea of what a qualified nurse does is simply outdated. But this focus on leadership skills did make me wonder whether professionals , not just nurses, were increasingly expected to demonstrate leadership skills. We have seen this in management development where at one time the slogan was, “all managers are leaders”.
I thought this idea that all manager, could , should and wanted to be leaders had been debunked. Certainly there are managers who are leaders and they are of value to organisations but organisations also need managers who are simply good administrators, competent professionals who set standards for those whose work they supervise.