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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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AMESTOY, Simone Coelho; CESTARI, Maria Elisabeth; THOFEHRN, Maria Buss  and  MILBRATH, Viviane Marten. Personal characteristics that influence the development of a nurse leader. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.5, pp.673-678. ISSN 0103-2100.

OBJECTIVE: To identify personal characteristics that influences the development of a nurse leader. METHODS: This qualitative study used focus group approach to collect the data. Two focus group meetings were conducted with 11 registered nurses from a major hospital in southern Rio Grande do Sul. Content analysis suggests two main categories: (1) Personal characteristics that must be cultivated and (2) personal characteristics that must be developed. RESULTS: Participants of the study verbalized that to be a good nurse leader there is a need for the development of certain personal characteristics commonly attributed to leaders. CONCLUSION: The main personal characteristics of a good nurse leader that must be cultivated include communication, knowledge, responsibility, common sense, and self-knowledge. The study also promoted reflection and sensitization among participant nurses regarding the importance of leadership in clinical practice.

Keywords : Nursing; Leadership; Work environment.

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