As a nurse, there are many things we have learned over our Nursing career, skills that we have refined, and teachings that are continuously being updated. However, there are certain things that we maintain throughout our nursing careers. One of them may be the philosophies that guides our thinking throughout our nursing careers. One such philosophy involves our perspectives on leadership. Although, there are pros and cons to every stated theory, one theory that I somewhat agree with would be Transformational Leadership Theory. As a nurse, thus far I have not abided by a certain leadership theory but for the sake of this paper I'll choose and elaborate on one.
Transformational Leadership in Nursing Introduction Transformational Leadership is the moral ability of a person to make sound judgment and wise decision to influence and inspire others to perform the best outcome even in the critical situation. It is the ability to guide others not just in words, but also by example. Nurses are able to cultivate trust and harmony and establish good relationship with their patients and co-workers through effective and constant communication and intervention. They respond to the basic needs and expectation (Rousel, 2011), they set aside their personal interest for the benefit of their patients and the organization.
Marquis and Huston (2014) discuss how the mark of a good nursing leader is in the ability to inspire and motivate others to action; furthermore, no one leadership style is ideal and may vary according to the situation. The purpose of this paper is to match and explain the nursing leadership theory that is most applicable to solving communication issues, and to explain how legislation and health care policy can impact communication issues in the nursing.
Organizational Analysis –The Nurse Leader To be a great nurse leader one must have the vision, skills, and education needed or required to support the role of the nurse leader. This is extremely important for any nurse that is currently in the leadership role, or aspiring to be in a leadership positions. It is also important to know what type of a leader one is when supporting theses roles. Some of the important aspects of nursing management are to know your responsibilities, leadership style, effectiveness of skills, and communication.
Good leadership is important and absolutely critical to the success of any healthcare organization. A leader is defined as an individual that is out front, taking risks, attempting to achieve shared goals, and inspiring others to action (Marquis & Huston, 2015). In the nursing profession, leadership roles are varied throughout any given organization. Nursing leadership in hospitals includes the chief nursing officer, the director of nursing, the charge nurse, as well as, the nurse educator of a given unit. In any nursing organization, the role of the leader is often geared towards improving and maintaining the quality of health care delivered by the entire nursing team (Marquis & Huston, 2015).
Utility of collective leadership theory in nursing by nurse leaders to implement their roles: This topic deals with the meaning and characteristics of collective leadership style and its use in nursing by nurse leaders to carry out their roles effectively. The roles of the nurse leader will also be discussed in brief to give a connection. The key focuses of the collective leadership are accountability, responsibilities and leadership culture which works hand in hand to develop both individual and and organisational levels (West et al 2014). It stresses on continues critical learning by evidence based and reflective practice to improve quality care.
Leadership is an essential task in management (Weihrich, et al., 2008), as it is an important factor that contributes enormously to the over-all wellbeing of the organisations (Odumeru & Ifeanyi, 2013). As stated by Cox (2001), transactional and transformational are two important types of leadership. The differentiation amongst these two types of leadership was initially made by Downton (1973), as cited in (Barnett, et al., 2001), and introduced by Burns (1978) in his descriptive work on political leaders. Transformational Leaders Transformational leadership is also defined as the way of influencing the employees by “broadening and elevating followers’ goals and providing them with confidence to perform beyond the expectations specified in
Leaders are visionaries with strategical planning and aspirations to guide their groups and administrations to a future objective (Mahoney, 2001). They uses their referent power to influence the decision making processes in an organization. To address the nursing shortage and nurse turn-over in their facilities, nurse leaders involve in facilitating employee support and employee development programs to reduce job related stress and burnout and to minimize the staff absenteeism. Various leadership models and theories can help nurse leaders to achieve this goal. Leaders adopting a participative leadership model encourage the staff to participate in decision making and retains more staff compared to laissez-faire style negative leadership.
Introduction: Any organization recognizes the significance of leadership and its crucial role in achieving their goals and success. In healthcare organizations, the complexity of the system and the difference in defining its success goals are reshaping the practice of leadership and its standards. According to House et al. (2002, p.5) a leader is able to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute to the success of the organization or task. Healthcare and business settings are different in terms of goals and system contexts.
Innovative role of the future nurse leader in improving patient care and sustaining healthy work environment. Introduction: McCarthy (2014) defines leadership as the propensity of achieving extraordinary results of an organization through ordinary people. Similarly, Charlton (2000) states that a good leadership is credible of changing an ordinary person to contribute extraordinary accomplishment during difficulties, making positive change and consistently working toward long-term common goals of an organization. However, Buhler (2006) defines leadership slightly different, which says leadership is commonly described as the art and science of influencing a group toward the achievement of goals.
How Leadership Influences Nursing Practice In today’s health care system, nursing performance is centered on quality of care, which is largely measured by patient outcomes and organizational goal achievement (Kramer et al 2007). Nursing performance is vital to quality patient outcomes therefore nursing managers and leaders should enhance their nurse’s performance by understanding the factors that affect their ability and motivation to perform (McLennan 2011). The nurse’s professional regulatory bodies and health care organizations expect nurses to perform their roles and responsibilities as they have been designated to them, however, the health care organizations are responsible to provide the necessary means for the nurses to fulfil their
Introduction Effective leadership by professionals is crucial in all healthcare organizations. The way workers define leadership has changed from generation to generation, however, a common description of leadership is the motivating behavior of an individual directing the activities of a group towards a shared goal. (Ward, 2017) Influencing group activities and coping with change are some of the key aspects that an individual in a leadership role will be working towards. According to an article, "management is about coping with complexity" and "leadership is about coping with change", therefore, both aspects are critical to a successful leader.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has a strong stance on nurses and leadership. They believe that nurses are a vital component to health care system and nurses in leadership roles can have a positive impact on such. Nurses are in all sorts of roles within the health care systems ranging from a staff nurse, nurse managers, to advance practice, all the way to congress (Finkelman & Kenner, 2013). In addition, they even serve in the boardroom within some health care organizations. Leadership doesn’t necessarily mean a nurse in a manager position, but a nurse who has an influence on staff.
(Nursing Times). Nursing is gaining influence in all aspect of healthcare practice, therefore it is important for nurses to develop good leadership skills at the early stage of their practice which is the key to all nursing career and nurse managers can become good leaders with effective training and enhancement of their skills in leadership. Most nursing managers are tossed around by their leaders when they themselves are leaders in their capacities. A nursing manager aspiring to become a leader must be committed to excellence and passion for patient’s advocacy, employee’s protection and be a role model, living by example.