Running head: ANALYSIS OF A NURSE LEADER1Analysis of a Nurse LeaderTamara LossonThe University of Texas at Arlington School of NursingIn partial fulfillment of the requirements ofN4455 Nursing Leadership and ManagementOctober 11, 2017RN-BSN Program
ANALYSIS OF A NURSE LEADER2Analysis of a Nurse LeaderNurse leaders are expected to be the bridge between the parallel structures of hospital management. The nurse leader assists in meeting goals established by executives and financial officers by assisting the nursing staff in caring for patients. An examination of the nurse managerexperience, responsibilities, leadership skills, and communication will determine the effectiveness of the nurse in a position of leadership. The Nurse ManagerMichele Gray is the primary nurse leader in the emergency department (ED) at Medical City Arlington (MCA). Michele is a registered nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Nursing, holds Certification for Emergency Nursing (CEN), and is a member of the Emergency Nurse’s Association (ENA). With twenty-five years of nursing experience Michele has had the opportunity to work in various fields of health care and nursing with the majority of her time spent in critical care and emergency nursing. To maintain current with nursing practice and initiatives, Michele subscribes to and read the journals of the ENAand the American Journal of Nursing (AJN)(M. Gray, personal communication, October 6, 2017).Michele has been in the position of Nurse Leader at MCA for approximately two years, prior to being in a position of management she was a charge nurse for MCA’s ED for three years (M. Gray, personal communication, 2017). The primary responsibilities of the nurse leader include supervising the nursing staff, ensuring proper nurse to patient ratios, creating and managing staff schedules, reviewing staff documentation and patient charting, developing qualityassurance indicators, and monitoring productivity (HCA Management Services, 2017). Michele also ensures that staff is current with all licensing and certifications and provides continued education learning opportunities related to emergency nursing.