When a nurse establishes trust by providing an unbiased attitude and atmosphere patients will be more receptive and may actually seek assistance. The second provision is also applicable in this scenario. Although a nurse may have a conflict of interest, in regards, to her not agreeing with a patient’s actions or choices, it is her duty to promote the patient’s best interests. By addressing this issue and providing the patient with the appropriate resources, the choices the patient makes in the future will not only affect them health but also the health and well-being of the baby and the family as a whole. The baby is a patient also, so remember we are their advocates too. I feel as a
16 TASK 1 PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE Labor and Delivery nurse, I need to provide a holistic approach to healthcare. H. Identify four leadership qualities or traits that represent excellence in nursing. Excellent nursing leadership qualities started with knowledge. A nurse has the opportunity to be a leader in many areas of healthcare. The four leadership qualities or traits necessary to be an effective nurse is honesty and integrity, a good communicator, commitment and passion, and empathy (Lankshear, 2013). 1. Discuss the significance of the four leadership qualities in the nurses’ role as a leader at the bedside and within a nursing team. A bedside nurse who is honest with her patient will earn their trust. Trust is re-enforced by good communication. Communication is key in so many avenues of patient care. A bedside nurse has to display good communication skill with the patient, physician, co-workers, and family. By being committed and passionate about your profession you can provide motivation and confidence in your patient. The final trait, is empathy. Many leaders fail to see the effectiveness of empathy. Understanding what your patient is experiencing and sharing their feels is one of the first steps of being an effective leader. As a charge nurse, I strive to be a good leader. These four leadership traits have been effective in my practice. My team knows I have their back and I wouldn't ask them to do anything I wouldn't do myself, so they trust me. During the shift I have to display effective communication skills with my co-workers, physicians, patient, and families. I have to be able to effectively problem-solve by using good communication skills. My commitment and passion, is evident in my almost 28 years as a L&D nurse. This provides motivations and confidence they can come to me for guidance and support. By being a bedside nurse for so many years, I am empathetic to my co-worker's situations and am a good resource person for them.
17 TASK 1 PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 2. Identify how my work environment impacts nursing leadership, decision making, and my professional development. In Labor and Delivery, we strive to provide safe, quality care to our patients and families. A work environment is affected by a vast number of things, situations, and support. We have a leadership team made up of a nurse manager, four assistant nurse managers, and 10 charge nurses. As leaders, we are committed to excellence which has a big impact on our work environment. By being committed we know staff satisfaction and involvement is key to success. By being a positive role model and involving staff in unit specific
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