The nursing career has a growing workforce, spurred on by the high demand for caregivers. The growing need for nurses has caused in influx of new nurses, graduating from school and ready to begin their career. Although there are many different work settings for nurses, one universal aspect of assisting new nurses is nursing leadership. Leaders within nursing are tasked with assisting new nurses as well as those who are veteran nurses, and their role is indispensible. “Health leaders model the behavior expected in the organization” (Ledlow & Stephens, 2018). Susan Eckert, the senior vice-president of nursing and chief nursing executive at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, is a prime example of a nursing leader.
The registered nurse (RN) is required to act as a leader in many situations, whether in an official capacity or non-official capacity. In addition, effective leadership demonstrates consistently superior performance; it delivers long term remunerations for those involved, either in the recipient of care or in the delivery of care (Makaroff et al. 2014). It is important for the RN to acknowledge that leaders are not only those who may control others; they are visionaries who help implement others with goals, leadership, organisation and planning of activities (James Ree, 2014). In the healthcare setting it becomes highly relevant for the nurse to have the ability to lead, as it is important to be able to work within or lead a team to facilitate quality and safe care for patients (Coelho Amestoy et al. 2014). Coelho Amestoy et al. (2014) also reflect on the challenges that the rn can face in trying to assume the leadership role in the healthcare setting, as there are many health professionals in in this setting there may be conflicting ideas in relation the care. Influential leadership skills are needed by all RNs, from those in management positions and especially to RNs providing direct care to patients (Curtis, DeVries and Sheerin, 2011). Makaroff et al. (2014) also deliberates that clinical nursing leaders are those involved in the direct patient care who continuously
In my own experience leadership is not just about one person telling others what to do; it’s about more than just giving orders. It is about getting a group of people to work together towards a common goal with more than just the goal in mind. It is also not just about setting goals for the group but also setting personal goals for the individual, guiding and supporting them all
To inspire your followers into higher levels of collaboration, there are certain things you must be, know, and, do. These do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual work and study. Good leaders are continually working and studying to improve their leadership skills; they are NOT resting on their achievements.
The purpose of Learning Leadership book is to answer a fundamental question: How do people learn leadership and how they can learn to become leaders? James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have written this book as an exclusive guide for leaders to become the best leader by practicing the five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader. The book provides a framework to help people of all levels and backgrounds to develop their leadership style and become the best leaders they can be. Kouzes and Posner provide leaders a practical series of actions and some coaching tips for developing their leadership process and helping them to create a context to grow. The larger purpose of this book is to help leaders
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The scenario provided calls for an action plan to reduce annual nursing turnover following the implementation of staffing ratios, adding to the current problem of nursing shortage and unsuccessful recruitments. As a nurse administrator, the first action I would to is hold informal meetings, which provides an opportunity to evaluate the staff’s satisfaction rates, and determine and increase the factors that enhances satisfaction. Daily rounds is then implemented in an attempt to know the staff one-on-one,
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In order for a leader to be a leader he/she must begin with the assumption that you are the one who matters most. As a leader you have to possess that level of confidence in yourself that you are capable of leading yourself “before you can lead others”. And when you develop this belief then you are better able of affirmative influence “on others”.
In organizations aspiring for growth and continual improvement, relationships are more intricate and alternatives more numerous than the either/or imposition implied by the notion of leaders and followers. Practically no one leads all of the time. Leaders also work as followers; all in all, “everyone uses a portion of their day following and another portion leading” (Galie and Bopst, 2006, p. 11).