LeadershipExperience in Nursing
LeadershipExperience in Nursing
Leadershipis a strategic ingredient to any organizational developments. Betterleadership will see an organization grow to extra heights and desiredlevels. Nonetheless, better leadership comes from a good leader whoforesees the future and works harder to achieve such pre-determinedgoals with the help of subordinate staff and other relevantstakeholders. All in all, any organization requires to set itsmission statement and objectives so as to remain relevant andbeneficial (Mathena, 2002).
Inthis paper, the qualities of good leadership are discussed indetails. The discussion is linked with the observational experiencesthat I acquired in my shadow managerial position with a nurse leader.At the end of the experiences’ discussion, I present the skillsacquisition that would make me a better leader, if I prefer such aposition.
• PersonalExperiences with a nurse manager/leader
Inmy research studies, I worked under a successful nurse leader in amanagerial position. First of all, formal education in nursing isvery necessary for this field. A BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)from a recognized institution is a prerequisite to attaining such aposition. In addition, a study advancement towards postgraduatestudies such as Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) is also critical.Moreover, an additional certification is required for an addedadvantage in better managerial skills. Several certifications ofmanagement courses are available, and thus, a pursuit in one can helpa nurse in his/her endeavors. So, such educational necessities arethe credentials for meeting the requirements of bettermanagerial/leadership skills. The nurse leader had such requirements,and thus, she was able to drive the organization very well, on a dayto day basis.
Transformationalleadership was the main driving factor in my experience with thenurse leader. For instance, I was able to observe that the nursemanager-cum-leader had the ability to build a rapport and to motivatethe staff members by sharing a similar vision and mission with them.On several occasions, the nurse leader gave a token of appreciationto the staff members who showed exemplary performance in theoccupations. Such a moment is key to the encouragement of the staffmembers and so, they worked with exceptional routines and withminimal supervision. Staff respect and opinion was also given toppriority, and such dynamics motivated every team member to worktowards the betterment of the organization. The nurse leader was alsoloyal to her team and made the team feel that they were equal inachieving the set standards for top quality services (Betty Frandsen,2014). Democratic leadership was another experience that I observed.The nurse leader laid a communication platform that favored opennessand full staff participation in making important decisions. Theworkers were accountable to their responsibilities and were expectedto be professional at all times. Therefore, this ensured that minimalsupervision was required, and thus, the nurse manager was able todedicate her energy towards other significant projects (BettyFrandsen, 2014).
Relationshipsare important to my nursing leader who placed a focus on qualityimprovement of systems and processes, rather than on mistakes ofindividual team members. Several board meetings were integral torealizing the mistakes and relevant inputs for building theorganization. Several changes also occurred, in that, theorganization leader helped to drive the purchase of a number of newand contemporary equipment and doing often-repairs so as to ensurethat the offered services were best. Clients were also treated withutmost respect. For instance, the health records department hadefficient and sufficient means to handle and organize the clients’records at any given time. So, the clients were able to access theirhealth information with ease and with maximum precision. The nurseleader possessed various leadership skills such as mentorship,flexibility, adaptability, and endurance. Coupled with to hermanagerial skills, the leadership styles complimented the overalleffectiveness of the organization.
Iwould like this position because it will provide me the best networkand advanced interpersonal skills that I currently lack. With thebest network, I can bring change to the nursing fraternity and alsoimprove its image. Often, many people have the notion that nurses arecareless and rude in their profession. In most cases, such complaintsarise from a poorly managed organization. I will thus seek to improveon that issue and alter such perceptions by ensuring that myorganization runs efficiently. Moreover, I will need to developseveral skills. Such skills maybe:
a)Criticalthinking skills:These skills are vital because they possess the ability to solve manychallenges and also to envision a positive future. A successfulorganization requires a creative and smart leader so that he/she candrive the team members towards a common goal (Contino, 2004).Currently, I lack these skills, but in such strive for excellence, Iwould be able to develop them. This skill can be acquired by careeradvancement and a desire for self-improvement. Advanced certificationcan assist in obtaining such skills. However, experience is the bestteacher.
b)Socialawareness:To be a prosperous leader, one needs to understand the feelings,emotions, and opinions of others. One should understand the needs ofthe organization and respond to them in the best time possible withtop efficiency. An empathetic leader builds trust from his/herclients and staff members (Contino, 2004). Currently, I have thisskill, but, I seek to better it. Such a skill can be acquired throughfrequent relations with team members and clients.
c)Time management skill: In the quest for attending to certainresponsibilities, many mangers/leaders tend to have a tough timetaking care of other needs. Some schedules may also be forgotten orhandled in expired deadline. Sometimes it can be hard to predict theevents falling in the next day, nevertheless, effectivetime-management is a cure to beating deadlines. Organizing, planning,prioritizing and scheduling can be the best action plans for runningan organization (Contino, 2004). I’m partially skilled in thisexperience, but I can acquire it through self-awareness and aligningmyself to the achievement of daily objectives.
Leadershipand management have usually been interchanged to mean one thing orthe other. However, some of us have a varied rationale towards theunderstanding of the two words. “Not every nurse manager is a goodleader, and those who establish good leadership skills are notnecessarily good managers, as presumed.” Basically, a nurse manageris tasked with a hierarchical position within the organizationalstructure (Mathena, 2002). The managerial nurse holds thedecision-making power and controls the processes within his/herdesignation. He or she performs particular duties as well. Incontrast, a leader may or may not possess a managerial positionwithin an organization. Additionally, such a nurse may have influenceover others through his/her “powers”, and has advancedinterpersonal skills and experiences that compliments the charisma inhim/her (Mathena, 2002).
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