Brian Dolan

Date published: January 15, 2019

Everyone invited to book launch by acclaimed Visiting Prof

Brian Dolan OBE and neonatal nurse Amy Overent will launch their new book, A Nurse’s Survival Guide to Leadership and Management on the Ward on 23 January, 3 to 5pm in Mary Seacole Room 3.02 and colleagues and students are welcome to attend. Brian is a visiting Professor in healthcare leadership at the School of Health and Society.

“Nursing is still a joy despite all the pressures on the NHS. We know we make a difference every single day and that fact makes us grow as individuals and professionals,” says Brian who was rewarded by the Queen for services to healthcare in the New Year’s Honours.

The Guide launch will be attended by Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England, Hilary Garratt CBE and Associate Dean of the School of Health & Society Brian Boag, together with trainee nursing students.

“Leadership and management on a hospital ward is a journey without end, always striving to make it better for patients and staff alike,” says Brian who has 20 years of experience on emergency wards and teaches nursing in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

“We all experience highs and lows on the job but while the media always focuses on the grim, let’s not forget the melody line on the ward is always laughter. Go around the wards and corridors of any hospital and you’ll hear a lot of laughter. People often miss that.”

The Guide – which is aimed at ward managers – offers practical, helpful and useful information and advice on everything from doing the rounds and student nurses to dealing with finance and complaints.

Published in two previous editions, Dolan says the biggest change on the wards is language and tone: “It’s no longer about sisters barking orders, teams are now built on trust and mutual respect and in that sense, it is much better to have influence than power. That goes for the NHS or any other walk of life too.”

“The more I travel around the world, the more I see just how precious the NHS is, which is why I am so optimistic that people can go into that environment and thrive. It’s about making people safer and if it works for patients, it also works for staff.”

Hilary Garratt, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the launch of this important guide for nurses moving into a ward and team environment.

“Brian and Amy make a great partnership and share a philosophy that promotes humanistic leadership which brings the best out of people they work with and care for.”

A Nurse’s Survival Guide to Leadership and Management on the Ward is published by Elsevier who have kindly donated five copies to the University.

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