Effectiveness of Nursing Leadership Training Programs: Mixed-Methods Research

Lian Hua Huang, Chi Wen Chen, Nai Ying Ko, Shu Hung Chang, Hsiu Hung Wang*

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Background: Taiwan Nurses Association (TWNA) has recommended nursing leader applicants to the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Global Nursing Leadership Institute since 2009, held the Nightingale Nursing Leadership Institute Training Program since 2011, and co-hosted the ICN Leadership for Change Program with ICN since 2015. The TWNA actively cultivates nursing leaders with vision and an international perspective. Purposes: To investigate the professional efficacy of nursing leaders who had attended these leadership training programs. Methods: A mixed-methods research design was adopted. One hundred and sixty-seven nursing leaders who had attended at least one of the three leadership training programs were enrolled as participants. Data collected from online surveys were used in the quantitative analysis. Data collected from the content analysis of achievement reports and focus groups were used in the qualitative analysis. Results: Diligence in work and listening were the highest-scoring items in the leadership and communication skills categories for the three leadership training programs. The results of the content analysis found that the achievement reports of the Nightingale Nursing Leadership Institute and Leadership for Change programs were mostly concerned with the professional issues in organizations. The impact of leadership training and suggestions for future program planning were discussed in the focus groups. Conclusions/Implications for Practice: The results of this study support that these training programs have been successful in promoting a commitment to organizational improvement among program participants and have increased the professional impact of nursing on society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-66
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • effectiveness
  • International Council of Nurses
  • leadership
  • leadership for change
  • nursing
  • Taiwan Nurses Association


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