N4455 Nursing Leadership 1 Running head: MY ORGANIZATIONAL EXPERIENCE Analysis of My Organizational Experience Kimberly A. Perkins The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing In partial fulfillment of the requirements of N4455 Nursing Leadership and Management Robert Middleton, RN, MSN, MBA July 28, 2014 Online RN-BSN
N4455 Nursing Leadership 2 Analysis of My Organizational Experience Throughout the experience of analyzing my organization, Vernon College, as a nurse educator and shadowing my nurse leader, I have gained perspective and appreciation of the skills, behaviors, and strategies that a leader must exhibit. While shadowing my nurse leader, P.R., her management and leadership styles were observed and will be described with detail and rationale including connections to specific styles. Leadership styles and examples will provide a look into how P.R. handles her responsibilities as Assistant Director of the Vocational Nursing Program and how effective she is in these areas. Commentary regarding my thoughts and feelings of holding this position will be explored and whether or not I feel I possess the necessary skills to be an assistant director of a nursing program. Observations P.R. is a Registered Nurse (RN), approaching the end of achieving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, who is the Assistant Director of the Vocational Nursing Program at Vernon College. P.R. possesses and demonstrates the democratic and transformational styles of leadership. A transformational leader will take a democratic approach to leadership, linking the two styles together (Giltinane, 2013, p. 37). A democratic leader will keep the lines of communication open while providing a “spirit of collaboration and joint effort” and this will foster employee satisfaction and motivation to achieve goals (Sullivan & Decker, 2009, p. 46). P.R. reinforces to each staff member that she maintains an open door policy to her office and encourages us to come to her and discuss any situation or issue. When decisions need to be made and/or solutions are required regarding student issues, curriculum changes, or scheduling of clinicals, P.R. will bring the staff together as a team to collaborate and formulate ideas and solutions. The transformational leader is one who “inspires followers and uses power to instill a
N4455 Nursing Leadership 3 belief that followers also have the ability to do exceptional things” (Sullivan & Decker, 2009, p.
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