Demonstration of Nursing Leadership Qualities or Traits Nursing leadership starts with clinical expertise in nursing. As a nurse, you have many opportunities to be a leader in health care. The four leadership qualities or traits necessary to be a competent nurse are honesty, excellent communication skills, prioritizing quality and safety and coping with change. As a bedside nurse, having clinical experience helps to prioritize my patient load. Building an honest relationship with the patient helps to develop trust between the nurse and the patient. As a bedside nurse it is essential for the nurse to have excellent communication skills with the patient, doctor, families, and other co-workers. The bedside nurse is essential to help alert the physician of any change in the patient’s condition. The bedside nurse keeps the physician informed of any changes with the patient condition. The bedside nurse performs physical assessments and reports any changes to the physicians. Communication with the doctors helps the nurse to advocate for the patient and the patient’s trust in the nurse. It is also essential as a leader to prioritize quality nursing and safety for the patients. A simple act of walking your patient to the bathroom, instead of calling for the aid, shows the patient their safety is paramount. As a team leader, my co-workers can count on me. I am never too busy to help a co-worker start a new IV. My co-workers know that I will support them. A good leader listens and helps when there is a need. Patient loads change, and this can be very stressful. As a leader, it is essential to recognize this and help your co-workers. Leadership is vital with an interdisciplinary team. It is essential to be honest with doctors if medication errors occur. Sometimes this happens because
12 PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE we are waiting for the medicine to come from the pharmacy. Pediatric medicine must be double- checked by two pharmacists and the pediatric nurse giving the medication. Good communication is essential between the doctor and the pharmacists. As a leader, it is important to prioritize tasks. For example, administration of drugs should happen first before completing the admit. Double checking the dose of the medication is vital for the safety of the patient. Communication is essential in coping with the change of assignment. It is necessary to communicate with the doctor if the patient is not being discharged for a few hours due to transportation delay. Work Environment In pediatric care, we strive for quality and safety for our patients and families. We have a leadership team that is made up of a nurse manager, educator, and four charge nurses. We are a small department. We have a monthly staff meeting with continuing education. Because we are a small unit, we are very supportive of one another. There are also various committees within our hospital that staff are encouraged to participate in. Our hospital does pay for continuing education and certification in pediatrics.
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