Leadership For A Qualified Member Of Staff

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For me as a newly qualified member of staff entering into an established team I found Anne’s high morals and consistency were the basis for her providing me with a positive role model. She believed best practice was the minimum and would always ensure every patient experienced the best care possible. IIies (et al.2012) believes that managers should be role models that their followers seek to emulate. A study by Hauck,Winsett and Kuric (2012) concluded that leadership can affect nurses ability to provide evidence based care. They advocate nursing leaders need to be role models and mentors to their staff. Dang and Poe (2010, cited in Poe and White, 2010, p.23-53) outline seven core nursing leadership competencies needed to successfully implement evidence based practice and I would argue that these are very similar to the qualities demonstrated by transformational leaders and those demonstrated by Anne. During my training I have been part of teams where evidenced based practice was not always adopted and on reflection I can now see a correlation between this practice and lack of leadership interest. Anne increased my self-confidence, and through her examples I gained a lot of respect for her (Doody and Doody 2012, YukI 2013 and Northhouse 2010). One particular occasion that Anne gained my respect was regarding an extremely ill patient post-surgery who had deteriorated and was awaiting admission. As our unit was due to close we were advised to transfer the patient to accident and emergency were they would have to wait on a trolley due to the lack of beds in the hospital. As a junior member of staff I felt overwhelmed by this situation as I wanted to be an advocate for my patient. Anne ensured I was supported, taking charge of the si... ... middle of paper ... ...munication, something that is advocated in the literature (Marion 2015, Bennis 2014). By taking an interest in individual’s careers and ensuring access to courses, Anne ensured we felt valued and this in turn, created high levels of job satisfaction which resulted in excellent patient care. By encouraging professional development Anne was challenging us to grow and strengthen our clinical practice. Anne was very much involved in the day to day running of the unit and I feel this strengthened our trust in her as she was a very visible presence. However the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) (2009) would argue that the role of leadership within nursing lacks definition and this is creating conflict as nurse leaders are trying to balance several aspects of their role. The RCN (2009) advocate the restoration of the traditional supernumerary, authoritative, ward sister role.
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