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cases. Managing conflict in the workplace is a time consuming but necessary task for healthcare leaders. Conflicts can lead to emotional distress that can impact productivity,morale, and patient care (Klinkhamer, 2015). As a future leader, it is essential to manage workplace conflicts in a professional manner and promote healthful environments. I learned that this type of leadership positively influences the organization. Learning strategies of effective communication skills and teamwork is another example that furthered my understanding of the importance to deliver safe efficient patient care. Promoting a healthier work environment through professionalism, teamwork, and active listening increases patient satisfaction and patient safety (Scully, 2015). NP Core CompetenciesThe nurse practitioner core competencies were fulfilled by this course through the assigned readings, practice knowledge through discussion posts, research, and reflective thinking skills. One of the competencies explores the advanced leadership role to initiate and guide change. In order to do so, I learned that self-reflection is a
strategy to initiate change by analyzing my professional goals, as well as my strengths and weaknesses. This was accomplished through the APN professional development paper during week 6. Another example includes collaborating with patients, the community, and other healthcare disciplines. I learned that effective communication and critical thinking are necessary to improve teamwork and medical outcomes. To become a proficient leader, I learned that collaborating with healthcare professionals helps advocate for the patient and improves the quality of patient care. This course certainly helped me to accomplish the use of critical thinking skills to solve clinical and ethical cases, apply practice knowledge both orally and in writing through the APN professionaldevelopment paper and the LACE oral presentation, and influence my desire to participate in professional organizations in hopes of expanding the APN role. ReferencesAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011). The essentials of master’s education in nursing. Retrieved from Hain, D., & Fleck, L. M. (2014). Barriers to NP practice that impact healthcare redesign.