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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Nursing millennials and digitalisation: A call for early leadership development!

1 Nursing Education and Practice Development, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Assessment, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication20-Jan-2017

Correspondence Address:
Mustafa M. E Bodrick
Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Diplomatic Quarter, PO Box 94656, Riyadh 11614
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/2468-6360.198794

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Bodrick MM, Munshi F. Nursing millennials and digitalisation: A call for early leadership development!. J Health Spec 2017;5:1

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Bodrick MM, Munshi F. Nursing millennials and digitalisation: A call for early leadership development!. J Health Spec [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Jan 16];5:1. Available from: https://www.thejhs.org/text.asp?2017/5/1/1/198794

The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) has portrayed a focused interest in nursing by the launch of new programs in 2016 with more to come 2017. Vibrant nursing programs will be revealed on the journey towards a new horizon by 2020. These programs target our nursing millennials who have come into adulthood since the year 2000.

There is an Arabic expression that suggests a mature person cannot be expected to eat food that was rejected as a child; and here is the salient point for consideration. The senior members of the profession may not necessarily fully embrace the likes of social media and the latest digital trends while nursing millennials exist to express themselves in the age of technology. This approach has no limitations for access to what is the best practice, patient safety or evidenced-based practice. Breaking out from the conformist paradigm is necessary for nursing in Saudi Arabia to take its place on the world stage of nursing. Nursing practice, research, administration and education are all being driven by the latest evidence. The SCFHS focus on nursing conveys a clear message that nursing is recognised as the largest population of healthcare practitioners with a vital role to play in the health of the nation.

The challenge with digitalisation is that it is explosive yet all-embracing because attached to any one nursing topic is the rest of the universe! A triaging device therefore is necessary to focus action on the wide spectrum of nursing knowledge and skills. Shaw,[1] in her seminal work on nursing leadership, advocates four criteria that form a useful paradigm for managing within contemporary nursing progression. The criteria are (i) relevance, (ii) effectiveness, (iii) impact and (iv) sustainability.

Relevance embraces what is significant whereby linkages are established between program content and the local context to include priorities for nursing and healthcare. This focus feeds into policy development with dynamic interaction of key stakeholders and a mechanism for ongoing monitoring and evaluation. Effectiveness is the degree to which the program content is successful in producing a desired result or outcome. This pertains to how individual leaders connect with other relevant sectors within the healthcare field. Essential elements include active teamwork, purposeful networking, mutual learning and constructive alliances with key stakeholders where vision and strategic thinking are central to collaboration, communication and cooperation. Impact portrays a conspicuous presence of influence and consequences that are meaningful and purposeful to individuals, organisations and the society as a result of program implementation. It involves systematic reviews, feedback on monitoring and the degree to which expectations have been met. A necessary element is creating strategies to facilitate successful outcomes by participants who engage in programs. Sustainability entails the ability to continue programs and efforts without a decline in commitment due to participants being convinced on the ongoing benefits. Regular communication between key stakeholders, leaders and young people are essential for ongoing development and mentoring of the next generation resulting in organisational transformation.

Leadership in nursing is not sudden, it is an evolving process that originates in young nurses, and therefore vivid support and encouragement to our nursing millennials are critical to the future of the profession. It is imperative that leadership is cultivated and nurtured in our younger generation of nurses aimed at discreet ingestion of knowledge and skills through technology that will continue when they are the elder generation in situ ations of influence. Herein is the wisdom of the Arabic proverb that the intellectual food taken in now will remain appropriate for the future when they are leading as partners in the healthcare of Saudi Arabia.

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Shaw S. International Council of Nurses: Nursing Leadership. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing; 2007.  Back to cited text no. 1


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