A nurse leader’s role in an organization aligns to the roles defined in The Essentials ofmaster’s Education in Nursing. The roles between a Master-prepared nurse and a nurse leader arequite similar. [ CITATION Ame11 \l 1033 ]. I interviewed Neil Kocher RN, BSN, CEN, CPENnursing director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Regional Heart Care (RHC) unit at LehighValley Hospital, Muhlenberg. Neil functions as a formal leader within the units he manages. Hedirects individuals in meeting the goals of the team and organization. Part of his job is toorganize and direct group members to meet the goals of the organization or team (Tough Nickel,2016). A master’s prepared nurse should be capable of leading innovations and change in orderto affect improved outcomes, translate evidence into practice, design innovative nursing practice,construct and lead collaborative inter-professional care teams, pilot and integrate services acrossthe healthcare system, and enhance an excellence through lifelong learning (AACN, 2011). Neil is currently pursuing his MBA and is due to finish next spring. Neil assures thedelivery of quality patient care in the assigned area. Additionally, he effectively manages staff in
the ICU and RHC, financial aspects of the departments, and promotes and develops personal andprofessional growth and development of self and clinical services staff. He supports, enforcesand complies with hospital and Clinical services philosophy, policies, procedures and protocols.There are nine essentials for a master’s prepared nurse including quality improvement and safety,inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes, andmaster’s level nursing practice.Master’s Essential III describes how the nurse leader promotes quality improvement andsafety. My nurse leader exemplifies Essentials III in that he is actively involved in severalquality improvement projects including looking at ways to increase quality outcomes anddecrease falls, hospital acquired infections, and pressure ulcers. It is the responsibility of thenursing director to measure quality metrics, outcomes as well as quality improvement processes.Master’s Essential VII describes how the nurse leader communicates, collaborates, and consults with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care. Neil frequently collaborates and meets with other directors of departments to communicate and coordinate patient care. For example, all the department directors and senior management meet for a daily morning huddle to review numbers, discuss patient care, assess bed management and any other pressing issues that may impact patient care in any way.Master’s Essential IX describes how the nurse leader influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems. Neil, among many other members of our organization incorporate evidenced- based practice into many different facets of our care delivery systems.
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