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Effective nursing requires a shared understanding of what comprises safe staffing and good decision-making.

The RCN Foundation is responding to the need for further knowledge and understanding around leadership in nursing. We do this by funding projects that equip junior nurses and midwives to develop their leadership abilities and decision-making skills.

As part of our commitment to respond to urgent needs identified within nursing and midwifery, we have funded studies that increase the evidence base for what makes for effective leadership within a nursing and midwifery context.

This work sits alongside our reports on mental health and wellbeing among the nursing and midwifery teams. Through our work, we aim to support early-career nursing staff to be confident and supported as they apply their knowledge to make decisions that safeguard their patients.

Nurses delegating tasks

Research into-nurse-led staffing decisions

The RCN Foundation is funding a Cardiff University study that explores nurses’ use of professional judgement to meet patient needs.


Leadership framework for Band 5 nurses

What do Band 5 nurses want from their own leadership development? The RCN Foundation funded Northumbria University to create a Band 5 leadership development framework.

Nurses in PPE discuss a patient

Healthy leadership in nursing during COVID-19

The RCN Foundation is funding Queen Margaret University research into nurses’ and midwives’ experience of leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kings Fund Courage of Compassion report

The Courage of Compassion

A groundbreaking King's Fund report into how nurses have been affected by the pandemic, funded by the RCN Foundation.

Has the pandemic changed leadership in nursing?

Dr Sarah McGloin reflects on a panel discussion about leadership within nursing during the height of the pandemic.