Walk in My Shoes Day program in Perioperative Services at the Royal Hobart Hospital

Mr Dave Webber1, Ms Lauren Edwards

1Ths South – Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Australia


Nursing leaders strive to continuously increase the knowledge and role competency of their staff by providing leadership and development opportunities. The role of the nurse leader, therefore, is a combination of nurturer and educator. The ability to think strategically, transform culture, and have organisational impact is a key part of all leadership roles. A small group of nursing staff representing five different areas within perioperative services at the Royal Hobart Hospital developed The Walk in My Shoes Day program. This was an opportunity for staff to shadow another staff member in a different role within perioperative services with the aim of providing insight into different roles and identifying future career opportunities.

At this session we will discuss the Leadership Excellence and Periop-Practice (LEAP) Program, where the idea for the Walk in My Shoes Day program was developed. We will discuss how the Walk in My Shoes Day program improved organisational culture through leadership, teamwork and learning opportunities. We will present feedback from participants as to how the program enabled them to see the different scope and responsibility of roles; gaining experience in a safe and comfortable way.

Through shared governance, nursing can offer opportunities to engage in aspects of leadership. Come and learn how the Walk in My Shoes Day program helped to find junior leaders amongst our staff, paired them with role models, and helped them to grow and become more engaged within the Perioperative Unit.


Dave Webber – TBC

Lauren Edwards – TBC