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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 64

Faculty leadership during COVID 19 in nursing education

Lisie College of Nursing, Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Date of Submission16-Mar-2021
Date of Decision10-Apr-2021
Date of Acceptance19-May-2021
Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2021

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Usha Marath
Lisie College of Nursing, Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam - 682 024, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/iopn.iopn_21_21

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Marath U. Faculty leadership during COVID 19 in nursing education. Indian J Psy Nsg 2021;18:64

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Marath U. Faculty leadership during COVID 19 in nursing education. Indian J Psy Nsg [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 30];18:64. Available from: https://www.ijpn.in/text.asp?2021/18/1/64/318667

Dear Editor,

Nursing faculty has an influential and crucial role in both classrooms, clinical, and university settings. Faculty are expected to display the values established by their academic and clinical institution, function as agents of change, stay abreast with the latest teaching strategies and technologies, display leadership and management abilities, and engage in advocacy strategies to promote student and organizational growth. They play a vital role in contributing to the profession through research and evidence-based practice initiatives, shaping health policy, and participating in the measurement, assessment, and evaluation of curriculum.[1]

The COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across all academic institutions adding even more responsibility to already pressured faculty. Academic institutions had to convert all classes, meetings, and other face-face encounters to a virtual environment to ensure the safety of themselves and students. These tasks were extremely difficult for those who were unfamiliar with the complexities of virtual learning, increasing both workload and stress during an unsettling time. These additional job demands coupled with ongoing organizational change necessitates faculty to exercise their leadership abilities in unfamiliar areas.[2]

Leadership training can assist faculty in creating and incorporating novel teaching assignments for classroom and clinical requirements while providing insight into the complexities that the students are likely to face in the currently disrupted workplace. Faculty need to take advantage of the opportunities and resources provided by various organizations and gain knowledge of the basic principles of management along with the underpinnings of leadership theory, skills, competencies, and to gain knowledge on how to lead effectively-not only for their institution but for the success of their students. This knowledge and new perspective would provide the tools needed to navigate the new complexities of the faculty role during the COVID-19 outbreak, and long after. It would help faculty to move beyond the basic concepts and theories of leadership and provide insight on how to display positivity and influence in challenging times, encourage success, inspire intellectual stimulation through thought-provoking scenarios, demonstrate the importance of active listening, and decision-making in an indecisive environment. This would in turn give students the fundamental building blocks needed to navigate the difficult and alarming situations surrounding nursing education, practice, and leadership.[3]

Based on the idea that the development of leadership skills occurs on a continuum, faculty should consistently engage in professional development opportunities and practice skill building. This may seem like a daunting task, but time must be set aside to engage in leadership development. At the end of the day, if faculty isn't fully prepared for the leadership challenges within their own institutions and classrooms, how can they adequately prepare students for their leadership challenges?

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Kiel DH. Creating a Faculty Leadership Development Program; 2015. Available from: https://www.academicimpressions.com/ sites/default/files/1215 faculty.leadershipmd.pdf [Last accessed on 2020 Jan 26].  Back to cited text no. 1
Lindsey T, KerryAnn O. Enhancing agency through leadership development program for faculty. J Facult Dev 2018;22:31-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
Agu CF, Stewart J, McFarlane Stewart N, Rae T. COVID 19 pandemic effects on nursing education: Looking through the lens of a developing country. International Nursing Review 2021:00, 1–6. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12663 [Last accessed on 2021 Mar 01].  Back to cited text no. 3


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