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Week 7 Discussion: Leaders and Systems-Based Practic...
17 Oct 2021 at 02:57
Professor Krueger and class,
As many of you are already aware, I am the infection control and wound care
coordinator in my hospital. It has been a couple years since I have been a
floor nurse. Currently, we are seeing a shortage in nursing staff at our
hospital. This struggle has encouraged our nurses in leadership or
administrative roles to step up and show our staff how we can come
together and be there for each other during these difficult times. I consider
myself to be an affiliative leader as I tend to bring others together to put
aside the struggles we have and accomplish our common goal; which is the
patients and their outcomes. For myself, this means jumping in as a floor
nurse, in addition to my regularly scheduled hours, to ensure the patients are
getting the care they need. Hopefully, this will take some of the pressure off
of the staff that are already feeling the burn out of picking up extra shifts and
allow us to still achieve positive patient outcomes (Masters, 2020). "Creating
a work environment where employees are satisfied requires frequent
communication on a personal level and team level" (Masters, 2020 p. 333).
Emails have been sent to nursing staff to notify them that leadership is
aware of the struggle and are doing what they can to accommodate the floor
staff during the shortage. This is important to me because staff are more
likely to leave if there is ineffective or poor communication between
disciplines. The article Models of leadership and their implications for nursing
practice explains that shared leadership "values openness and trust...
democracy and empowerment" (p. 357). Showing them that managers and
leadership are part of their team proves that we care about not only the
patients, but the staff who are giving their all every day.
Masters, K. (2020). Role development in professional nursing practice (5th ed.).
Jones & Bartlett.
Thusini, S'thembile; Mingay, Julia; British Journal of Nursing (2019); 28(6):
356- 360/ ISSN . 0966- 0461
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