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Leadership and Teamwork in Nursing

Introduction: Leadership is defined as the influencing process of thought, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors of a small or large, formal, or informal group of people by an individual leader.

Purpose: The present review study focuses on the nursing team and its characteristics, on the nursing administration and it analyses the way the leadership influences the nursing team.

Methods: The material of the study consisted of articles on the subject found in Greek and international databases such as: Google Scholar, Mednet, Pubmed, Medline and the Association of Greek Academic Libraries (HEAL-Link). The exclusion criterion for the articles was the language, except of Greek and English. Only articles and studies accessible to authors were mostly used.

Results: The nursing team at the hospital environment is a classic functional group headed by the head nurse of the department, who is designed by the hospital management. The leadership of nurses is linked to decision-making, creating the appropriate atmosphere, adequate assignments, resolving conflicts, the integrity of actions and the effective development of team members through collaboration, and guidance. A good and successful leader will seek to develop the staff during his leadership.

Conclusion: The heads therefore serve as role models for nurses and gain the respect of their staff by setting a good example and clear goals.


Lambrini Kourkouta, Aysegul Yildirim Kaptanoglu, Konstantinos Koukourikos, Christos Iliadis, Petros Ouzounakis and Areti Tsaloglidou

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