Identifying the challenges and opportunities of the executive nurse director role in the UK: a scoping review

Zoe Horseman, Sharon Hamilton, Helen Noble, Aled Jones, Anne Marie Rafferty, Aisha Holloway, Joanne Reid, Ruth Harris, Pam Smith, Daniel Kelly

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Abstract

The executive nurse director role is complex and there is significant variation in the expectations
and responsibilities placed on it. The main function of the role is to deliver the nursing agenda
and ensure that safety and quality remain the focus of the executive board. However, it is unclear
what evidence exists regarding the challenges and opportunities experienced by executive nurse
directors. This scoping review, undertaken as part of the Stronger Study, explores the literature
published from 2009 onwards on the challenges and opportunities affecting executive nurse
directors’ ability to deliver the nursing agenda in the UK. Findings from the review suggest that the
importance attached to the executive nurse director role is not matched by the amount of research
available. Strengthening the executive nurse director role requires a stronger evidence base and an
awareness of the benefits of the role.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Management
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Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2020

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