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Modern matron struggling to fulfil role as leader
Date:3/14/2008

matron was the formidable figure of authority on hospital wards until the 1970s.

Thirty years later as the National Health Service began to wage war on healthcare associated infections like MRSA and Clostridium difficile, matron made a come-back.

Modern matrons were created in response to public demand for an authoritative figure that would not only provide clinical leadership, but who would also be easily identifiable, have close contact with patients and ensure delivery of care to the highest standards ensuring prevention of hospital-acquired infections. The role was seen as enabling, rather than strictly authoritarian, using transformational leadership styles.

As part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project entitled Talking cleanliness in health and agriculture, which deals with MRSA and avian flu in the media, practitioner and public discourses, researchers at The University of Nottingham wanted to explore the impact of the transformational leadership style in the role of modern matron with regards to infection control practices.

Nelya Koteyko, lead researcher, said: The research was significant not only in terms of its findings but also in demonstrating the usefulness of methods from applied linguistics in social science research. Similar methods can now be applied to study other issues of public concern.


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Contact: Brigitte Nerlich
brigitte.nerlich@nottingham.ac.uk
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

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