Developing nurses' capabilities to deputize for ward sisters

A. Pitkänen, M. Kuronen, T. Pukuri, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki

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In recent years there has been heated debate on how the training of ward sisters should be conducted in Finland. This is important as in the coming years a large proportion of nurses will be approaching retirement while dramatic changes in mental health organizations during the last two decades have also challenged the role of the ward sister. This paper describes an ongoing project to develop the managerial skills of those nurses working as deputy ward sisters. The project began with a survey of managerial skills, an evaluation of training needs and the necessity for administrative counselling of a group of deputy ward sisters. On the basis of the analysis, a training programme was planned integrating managerial training and administrative counselling in a systematically advancing process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Deputy ward sister
  • Leadership
  • Managerial skills
  • Training programme

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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