54). A nurse educator, much like a nurse, has to be ready to handle chaos, unexpected and/or undesirable situations or issues while dealing with time constraints and diverse individuals. At times, this can become overwhelming and P.R. is there to inspire us with her calm, proficient, and confident manner while boosting confidence in ourselves and our own ability to achieve great things and overcome the difficulties facing us at that time. For example, as a new nurse educator I had ten students, new to the acute care setting, for clinical rotation and had made and just passed out client assignments to each student. Keeping in mind that these students had the deer in the headlights look and were frightened to make a move, I was encouraging each of them into their assignments when things began to unravel by deteriorating client conditions, a code being called, an uncooperative nurse, one student feeling faint and nauseated, and another beginning to cry. Needless to say, I was at my wits end when P.R. came to check on me and see how things were going. She immediately and calmly began helping me sort out the chaos while providing me with words of encouragement and reinforcing my belief and confidence that I did know what I was doing and was fully capable of doing this job. Reflections Manager Responsibilities Democratic leaders believe employees are motivated to do well, allowing autonomy and opportunity to prove themselves; while also being considerate and sharing responsibility with staff (Giltinane, 2013, p. 37-38). The transformational manager must encourage staff to become independent, responsible and autonomous in their decision-making (Murphy, 2005, para. 18). P.R.’s leadership skills encompass both the democratic and transformational leadership styles.
N4455 Nursing Leadership 4 Her skills allow her to be effective as a leader in that she encourages autonomy with each nurse educator as they develop and tune their teaching skills while also making herself available to provide assistance or advice if and when needed. She also motivates staff members to become independent and confident, seeking and utilizing available opportunities and resources to educate and lead our students to be successful while proving ourselves in our abilities to develop and teach our courses. P.R. is also very effective in keeping up with the new technology and software made available through the college IT department and outside sources. She utilizes the styles of the democratic and transformational leader as one who “inspires followers and uses power to instill a belief that followers also have the ability to do exceptional things” (Sullivan & Decker, 2009, p.
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