Given the multiple challenges and uncertainty now and into the future, it is imperative for nurse managers and leaders to continue to enhance their leadership effectiveness. Carroll (2006) describes several effective ways to become a nurse leader, regardless of your current training or position. Among these, the following relate directly to nursing management and the journey toward career success:
- Make a commitment to lifelong learning through a self-development plan.
- Find your passion and begin to build and develop your strengths in this area.
- Get involved in the nursing community and keep abreast of changing issues affecting nursing.
- Understand your personal leadership style and how it impacts your work.
After completing this chapter, you should now be able to:
- Recognize rapidly changing approaches to nursing management and leadership within unit-level environments in Saskatchewan, in Canada, and around the world.
- Assess changing care priorities and turbulent issues within our current health system, and approaches to managing them.
- Identify the importance of business acumen skills and concepts as expectations for administrative roles.
- Recognize the importance of, and approaches for, client- and family-centred care and shared decision making as critical concepts for collaborative and effective care management.
- Propose the importance of the manager or leader’s personal journey planning for fruitful and fulfilling career development and professional growth.
- Recognize transition shock.
- Describe the five foundational elements of professional role transition for new nurses.
Figure 16.7.4 Letter from Katherine McKenzie Ross to All New Nursing Graduates
“From the Superintendent of Nurses: To the Graduating Class, 1929,” article published in the 1929 edition of The Torch. Photo courtesy of the Saskatchewan Health Authority(formerly Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
- Select a manager you know from one of your clinical sites. Interview this manager to gain insights into the nursing management. Consider asking the following questions: Why did you become a manager? How would you describe your management style? What turbulent changes have you seen in the health system in the past two to five years? How have you adapted to this changing management landscape?
- What are the key findings of the “Optimizing and Integrating Patient-Centred Care” 2016 report? How do you think these findings will impact managers and leaders in Saskatchewan?
- What are three key considerations for nurse managers when assisting with the implementation of an electronic health records system in a nursing unit?
- Review the current age of the patient population in a clinical setting you are or have been in. What are the key health challenges that each age group faces and how are they reflected in your chosen setting? What are you going to do to maximize this engagement in care for this patient group?
- Assess the current activities underway in each of your clinical settings to promote PFCC.
- Consider the rapidly changing and emerging uses of wireless devices and the internet in everyday patient care. Do you think that wireless applications in health care settings improve the efficiency of care delivery systems? Why or why not? How could we measure return-on-investment for these wireless delivery systems over the long term?
- Reflect on your own career path in nursing. What content in this chapter will be useful to you regardless of the type of leader you become in nursing (e.g., bedside, unit leader, manager, director)?
- Looking back to the Global Leadership Series video by Dr. Shamian, how will you find a “spot at the table”? What is your ten-year plan?
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