Leadership will provide the nurse with a copy of the points and policy regarding attendance and change the work schedule allowing the nurse room to make up the weekend days. Although the nurse was not happy with the outcome, the nurse leader demonstrated the ethical principle of justices. For this reason, employees respect leaders who stick to the policy and enforces it. The leader understands no one; no even themselves are above the consequences of their actions. Leadership promotes autonomy within the healthcare setting by allowing staff to voice their thoughts and suggestion for improvement or change. The nurse leader ensures an open door policy, monthly staff meetings, and rounds on the unit. Autonomy allows the nurses to advocate and be heard. It creates a nurturing work environment, new ideas while holding staff accountable for their actions and decisions. Here is an example of autonomy. The nurse leader sets up an interview for a dayshift registered nurse opening. The day of the meeting, the nurse leader invites staff to participate in the process and suggest feedback from them whether they believe this person is a good candidate for the unit allowing them to voice their opinion to hire the nurse as a
ROLE OF ETHICS WITHIN LEADERSHIP 5 group effort. Autonomy prevents dictatorship within leadership, by respecting everyone opinions and making a decision as a group. Application of Ethical Principle to Own Leadership One must understand what is required to be a strong leader. By understanding the details and principle of leadership, I can learn how to improve my skills to help foster a good work relationship with my employees. Therefore, I will apply the ethical principle of justices and autonomy to my leadership practices. First, I must understand the importance and impact it has on myself and others. Therefore, I would incorporate justices into my everyday practices by ensuring my staff is treated the same regardless of the relationship I have with them. As a nurse leader, there should be no favorites and disburse the same demeanor, attitude, respect, and punishment if someone violates policies. The same goes for me if I violate any policies to receive the same punishment that I am entitled too. No one is above the other. Next, I will incorporate autonomy into my daily practices by active listening to my staff concerns or new ideas, maintain an open door policy and suggestion box. I will promote autonomy in the unit by developing a unit based counsel for staff to come up with ideas to make the unit run efficiently and changes that can improve patient safety and promote positive outcomes. Autonomy includes the staff to take part in the decision making process. When nurses have autonomy, they tend to be happier and have a sense of belonging.
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