Though each of these roles are very different, they are all an integral part of the health care team. Choi and De Gagne (2015) state that nurse practitioners are a key source primary care providers and an integral component in addressing the need to lower the costs of healthcare (p.170). Also discussed was the inter-professional collaboration to provide the best possible care for the patient. When the team works together, the patient is treated quickly and correctly without any one discipline repeating work or overlooking diagnostic testing and other needs that need addressed. Throughout the course, I have gained a better understanding of the rules and regulations within the state of Ohio, which is where I will practice. During our readings and case studies, I have learned much about the nurse practitioner’s scope of practice for Ohio and many other states. The leadership competencies that were learned were one of the best parts of this course. The discussion of ethics and how to handle employees that are capable of causing one to lose their licensure was a very informative part in the course. Policies and procedures need to be posted and every employee needs to understand the items; also a clear discipline action needs to be put in place to deter any employee from being dishonest and potentially harming a patient, or causing a person to lose their license to practice. Furthermore, learning the different types of leadership styles made me discover the type of leader that I aspire to become. According to Hamstra, Van Yperen, Wisse, and Sassenberg (2014), transactional leaders focus on short-term success whereas transformational leaders emphasize progress, change, and innovation (p.644). When the time comes, I want to be a leader that does not focus on short term success, but rather long term success and innovation. Strong leadership can only be of benefit to patients and innovation can occur through collaboration to have the best possible outcomes with individual patients and health care in general. Respectfully submitted, April Vachio References Choi, M., & De Gagne, J. C. (2016). Autonomy of nurse practitioners in primary care: An integrative review. Journal of the
American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 28 (3), 170-174. doi:10.1002/2327-6924.12288 Hamstra, M. R., Van Yperen, N. W., Wisse, B., & Sassenberg, K. (2014). On the perceived effectiveness of transformational– transactional leadership: The role of encouraged strategies and followers’ regulatory focus. European Journal of Social Psychology , 643–656. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2027 Reply Show Less Tracey Putz reply to April Isaac Vachio 4/19/2017 10:10:01 PM RE: Reflection April, You summarized the last eight weeks very nicely, mainly the leadership portion. You're right, there are different types of leadership styles and these are different than management styles as well. There are leadership theory such as the change theory, and different styles such as transformational, as you mentioned above, authentic, and servant style leadership (Mennella, 2016). What ever style best fits you, leaders need to be effective, someone
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