LEADERSHIP AND DELEGATION
Leadership,management, and delegating are the essential guide to any giveorganization. In this case, nursing leadership, management, anddelegation are all about critical thinking, action, and advocacy,which happens to all roles and domains of nursing practice. Accordingto Frandsen (2013), it plays a significant purpose in the presentlives of nurses and affects the entire healthcare organization. Withan objective of understanding the roles and responsibility of a nurseleader and the difference that exist between types of nurse leadersand manager, I conducted an interview with Miss Semage, who isworking as a nurse at Howard Hospital in Washington DC. Below are theresponses I received regarding nursing leadership, management, anddelegation.
1.What is the name of the organization you work for, what is yourtitle, and what type of work do you do in your position?
I work at Howard Hospital in Washington DC as the middle leveldirector of nursing, supervisory staffs, and head of the department.My duty if to oversee all the process of planning, organizing,leading, and controlling all activities that relate to human andquality of services offered to patients. I also manage financial andinformational resources Howard Hospital to achieve the objectives andmission of the hospital.
2.How many employees/staff do you oversee and what are theirclassifications?
I am the head of all nurses, which ranges from clinical, maternal,and personnel in the Hospital.
3.What type of nurse leader are you, transactional ortransformational? (Students may need to explain what these mean tothe interviewee).
I am a transformational nurse leader, and my primary objective is toprovide continuous individual, group or community nursing services. Ialso comprehend human relation, teaching, research, and personaldevelopment that aim in optimizing nursing care of patients.
4.What types of leadership roles do you engage in, team building,mentoring?
As mention earlier, I participate mostly in capacity building,mentoring, communications, and personality development in all theheads of nursing department.
5.Is management part of your role as a leader, if so what type ofmanager is you, authoritarian, democratic, or laissez-faire?(Students may need to explain what these mean to the interviewee).
Yes, management is part of my role. I am a transformational leader,and I major in building relationships and motivating my staffsthrough sharing the vision and mission. I also encourage democraticleadership for open communications and staff participation indecision-making.
6.How do you plan and organize your daily assignments and what doesyour typical day involve?
As a leader, I serve as an example to others. I plan my daily tasksby waking up at five in the morning. When in office, I act withintegrity, communicate clearly on the roles of every staff, andmostly encourage and motivate them to provide the best of care.
7.What did you have to do to prepare for your position (educational& otherwise)?
To be in my position, I had to excel in the ability to inspireothers. My top managers also encouraged me.
8.How do you feel about your role as a nurse leader and manager ofcare/staff?
Behind every successful leader, there exists a team of support. Ifeel motivated working together with other individuals indecision-making. I feel good when we deliver high-quality health careservices in Howard Hospital.
9.Any additional information you want to share with me concerningyour role as a nurse leader? (Or any additional questions the studentmay have)
The primary objective of nurses is to deliver standard healthcareservices to the patient. To achieve this, as a nurse leader, or afuture nurse leader to be, I would advise you to understand thefunctions of managements and develop skills that will help youimplement these management roles. In addition, I encourage you toencourage and motivate staff participation in decision-making.
Frandsen, B. (2013). Nursing Leadership Management and LeadershipStyles. Available from:https://www.aanac.org/docs/white-papers/2013-nursing-leadership—management-leadership-styles.pdf?sfvrsn=4