- Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they show mastery in the tasks they perform. Nurses can showcase personal mastery and professional preparation through portfolios.
HealthLeaders. (n.d.). The Importance of a Professional Nursing Portfolio. Retrieved from https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/nursing/importance-professional-nursing-portfolio
- Leadership is about values – According to the National League of Nursing, the core values of nursing include caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. Nurses demonstrate leadership when they incorporate these values into patient care.
(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nln.org/about/core-values
- Leadership is about service – Nursing as a profession is very service like minded. Nurses serve their patients everyday when performing their cares but nurses show leadership when they serve their fellow coworkers and members of the interdisciplinary team. This can be as simple as helping another nurse on the floor who is busy, by taking one of their patients to the bathroom.
What is Nursing & What do nurses do?: ANA Enterprise. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/workforce/what-is-nursing/
- Leadership is about people and relationships – It is important for nurses to build a relationship with their patients. Nurses show leadership by connecting to their patients on a personal level and understanding their individualized needs.
Building nurse leader relationships. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nursingcenter.com/journalarticle?Article_ID=2447097&Journal_ID=54013&Issue_ID=2447015
- Leadership is contextual – Contextual leadership is defined as the ability to understand an evolving environment. The hospital environment can be ever changing. Nurses can show leadership by adapting to change and valuing new ideas.
Contextual Leadership. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.business-leadership-qualities.com/contextual-leadership.html
- Leadership is about the management of meaning – The Coordinated Management of Meaning Theory is a theory that was made in order to help people communicate socially with others. It is based on two major types of rules: constructive and regulative. Constructive rules help people interpret the meaning of a message while regulative rules dictate how to respond to a certain message. Nurses demonstrate leadership when they are able to effectively communicate with those around them. An example of this is active listening.
in Business Communication, I. C. (2014, July 7). Coordinated Management of Meaning. Retrieved from https://www.communicationtheory.org/coordinated-management-of-meaning/
- Leadership is about balance – Nurses are often pulled in multiple directions and the stress from their professional career can often transfer into their personal lives. Nurses show leadership when they are able to maintain a healthy work-life balance. They can do this by investing in self care, setting priorities, asking for help, developing good relationships, and learning to say no. Effective delegation is critical to creating this balance.
7 Ways for Nurses to Achieve a Work-Life Balance. (2018, April 19). Retrieved from https://nursingonline.nsuok.edu/articles/rnbsn/ways-achieve-work-life-balance.aspx
- Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Lifelong learning is an expectation of any professional in the medical field. Advances in medical technology are happening all the time. Nurses demonstrate leadership when they are aware of the newest evidence based research and apply it to their patient care.
Qalehsari, M. Q., Khaghanizadeh, M., & Ebadi, A. (2017). Lifelong learning strategies in nursing: A systematic review. Electronic physician, 9(10), 5541–5550. doi:10.19082/5541
- Leadership is about effective decision making – Nurses must make critical decisions each day that will affect their patients. They also have the responsibility to help their patients make decisions through education. Nurses show leadership when they actively influence decisions that impact the quality of patient care.
(n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.aacn.org/nursing-excellence/healthy-work-environments/effective-decision-making
- Leadership is a political process – It is important for nurses to be politically active. They can show leadership by voting, campaigning, attending rallies, volunteering, contacting elected officials, working with others on local problems, and being a member of a nursing organization.
Alhassan, A., Kumi-Kyereme, A., Wombeogo, M., Fuseini, A.-G., (February 22, 2019) “Nurse Participation in Political Activities: Level and Practices of Registered Nurses in Tamale, Ghana” OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 24, No. 2.
- Leadership is about modeling – One of the responsibilities of the nurse is to be a role model. Nurses can demonstrate leadership when they do and say the right things even when no one is watching.
Nursing Professional Development Specialists as Role Models. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nursingcenter.com/journalarticle?Article_ID=3206500&Journal_ID=54029&Issue_ID=3206238
- Leadership is about integrity – Nurses are taught to practice by the ideal of beneicence. They can show leadership by ethical, moral, and safe patient care.
Dworkowitz, V. (2019, March 8). Integrity Defined in Nursing Practice. Retrieved from https://www.elitecme.com/resource-center/nursing/integrity-defined-in-nursing-practice/