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.
Introduction In healthcare it is very important to have strong leaders, especially in the nursing profession. A nurse leader typically uses several styles of leadership depending on the situation presented; this is known as situational leadership. It is important that the professional nurse choose the right style of leadership for any given situation to ensure their employees are performing at their highest potential. Depending on which leadership style a nurse leader uses, it can affect staff retention and the morale of the employees as well as nurse job satisfaction (Azaare & Gross, 2011.) “Nursing leaders have the responsibility to create and maintain a work environment which not only promotes positive patient outcomes but also positively influences teams and individual nurses” (Malloy & Penprase, 2010.)
Nursing Leadership Nursing is an ever changing profession, making strong leadership a crucial aspect. “Nursing leaders play a significant role in creating positive work environments for nurses” (Young – Ritchie, Laschinger, & Wong, 2007, para 1). This paper will define the concept of leadership in nursing. Many qualities are required to be a successful nursing leader. Some of the qualities discussed in this paper are: supporting and empowering team members, being well organized, remaining consistent with their expectations, and being able to effectively communicate with their team.
For an effective healthcare system especially nursing, it is important to have great leadership. A manager has skills to analyze and resolve complex situations because of their management experience. They can assign task to team members based on their skills. Nursing unit manager must recognize effective leaders and provide them an opportunity to build a successful team of nurses in their unit to provide effective care to all patients in that unit and thus create better patient satisfaction. Adequate staffing is an important component of good patient care.
Professionalism in the Workplace To become a skilled practitioner in any field requires certain attributes. Some of these attributes are valued more than others specifically in the nursing profession. Nurses are held to a higher standard in many professional traits for several justifiable reasons including being trusted with the care and comfort of people during a period of greatest need. Professional nurses are held accountable for the care and well-being of all patients. Being knowledgeable in the area in which becomes a specialty and acting in accordance with peers demonstrates prudent nursing practices (Potter, Perry, Stockert, & Hall, 2015).
Professionalism and ethics are both crucial factors that determine how well of a nurse someone can be in the health care industry. There are many qualities that can attribute to being a good nurse such as but not limited to, knowing how to treat a patient with care and respect. This can fall into professionalism and ethics. They are two of the most important characteristics a nurse must have to be successful in his or her profession. Lack of these qualities can lead to negative experiences for patients.
They are able to think critically, set goals and have good communication skills which make those around them want to follow their lead. “Nursing leaders do more than just delegate, dictate and direct. Leaders help others achieve their highest potential” (ANA, 2014). Nursing Management Just like nursing leaders, nursing managers are equally as important to the nursing profession. The role of nursing managers is not only to promote and deliver safe, quality nursing care but also to facilitate and manage the environment of the health care setting.
A nurse manager should have developed both management and leadership skills as an effective manager and leader to attract and retain nurses in the workplace. Manager should plan for the future of the organization according to the organization’s vision; mission and policies to empower nurses understand clearly and work together towards to meet the goals. In this phase of planning, manager plays an important role to create a positive and healthy working environment that promotes professionalism. As an effective manager, she influences nurses respect to each another, encourage communication among nurses and working as a teamwork and feel appreciated. According to Manion (2004), nurses who felt rewarded and believed that they had a positive impact on the organization were more likely to stay in the job.
The power of knowledge gives a person the ability to influence other’s actions. In addition, when a person is knowledgeable and skillful in him/her profession, the rest of the team, including the leaders respected his/her decisions, actions or judgments. For example, nurses with years of expertise have the ability to exert power and authority over other staff with less level of knowledge. They may not be managers, but their leadership skills and outstanding competence made them role models in the delivery of quality patient care. They are valuable pieces inside the organization because they can guide the staff’s work toward the organization goals (Whitehead, Weiss, & Tappen,
To be a nurse is difficult . However, it is a very rewarding and a fulfilling career. It is not merely just a profession or job that saves life, but it is having the responsibility and commitment to serve others. What really makes a good nurse is making their patients their priority and having the caring attributes to surpass all challenging situations that may encounter in their everyday experience with their patients.