THE NURSE LEADER 3 bedside and supervises the staff team among other duties. She is present and available when needed, above all she is approachable, and staff feels they can confide in her. She audits patient charts and evaluates possible need for improvement. She is a liaison between the manager and the staff. She uses evidence-based practice to keep up with the latest information from the ANA, CNA and American Nursing Journal. Nurse Leader Marilyn exhibits various leadership styles. According to Sullivan (2017), a transformational leader engages in social interactions expecting to give and receive social, political, and psychological benefits and rewards. This exchange is considered essential for functional leadership. This leadership style emphasizes the importance of interpersonal relationships (p. 46). Marilyn demonstrates all these great qualities as a clinical nurse leader. She talks to her colleagues often, coaches them, encourages them, and recognizes a job well done. This feature creates trust and mutual respect between the leader and the staff. Marilyn utilizes shared leadership to allocate responsibilities among the staff on the unit. This enables more points of view to be evaluated. Shared leadership basic essentials assume that well-educated, highly professional, dedicated workforce is comprised of many leaders (Sullivan, 2018, p. 47). Marilyn values the input of her workforce. She openly accept new ideas and uses those ideas to improve the department. According to Sullivan (2017), organizing involves identification of the work that needs to be done, dividing up the labor, developing the chain of command, and assigning authority (p. 51). Marilyn organizes by appropriately making assignments for the shift. This month we had so many new nurses on orientation leading to extra assignment but Marilyn apportions the workload in such a way that all staff take turns to orient new staff. This creates the opportunity for other nurses to practice leadership skills and at the same time decreasing the
THE NURSE LEADER 4 workload on each staff. Shared responsibility leads to a decrease in burnout. She delegates and supervises appropriately ensuring a decrease in workload stress. She communicates therapeutically to the patients during her rounding making sure they are comfortable. This promotes patient satisfaction.
- Spring '16
- Nursing, Nursing Management, Master of Science in Nursing, Marilyn Newman