Leadership and the Graduate Nursing Role

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Leadershipand the Graduate Nursing Role

Leadershipand the Graduate Nursing Role

Whatkind of leader were you and how does this fit into your beliefs aboutyour leadership style?

Accordingto the psychology questions I took, it emerged that my leadershipstyles are both authoritarian and participative. This has been in amajor way influenced by the fact that according to my beliefs,leadership should emanate from a point of authority especially duringthe times of crisis, emergencies or chaos. This is considering thefact that during such instances, little time is available forextensive consultation especially in a clinic setting where criticaldecisions relating to life and death situations are very necessary(Dunham-Taylor,2000).Although the strategy is not very popular especially when dealingwith the day to day operations, it helps during the criticalimplementation of the necessary policies and other proceduralprocesses that helps the safety of both the health practioners andthe patients. Additionally, in the era when information is crucial indecision making, using the authoritarian leadership style helps theleader to control the flow of information much to his own advantage(Dunham-Taylor, 2000).This is the main reason why they are referred to as micro managers.

Ina hospital setting where one is dealing with peers both at age andacademic level it is highly in effective to be absolutelyauthoritarian. This is because according to Whitehead,Weiss &amp Tappen, (2009),in most cases it is imperative that a leader encourage opencommunication and participation of the staff in key decision making.This is to enhance personal commitment, promote accountability andpositive reaction in regard to their personal performance. AccordingtoWhitehead,Weiss &amp Tappen, (2009),participative leadership in a nursing environment builds positiverapport amongst the teams involved and the leadership, with theemphasis being on improving the quality of service delivery ratherthan pin pointing the short comings of individual team members. In asmuch as this is not the most effective leadership style, it is goodto incorporate it to foster a positive attitude towards work andpromote creativity. If not carefully executed however, it mightappear as if the nursing manager is not in charge.

Attributesof leadership that may be needed for graduate level nurses

Accordingto Dunham-Taylor,(2000)leadership entails the personal ability to influence the actions anddecisions of others. Thus a good graduate level nurse should possesseveral leadership qualities to perform his or her dutieseffectively. First it is imperative that every nursing managerdisplay high level of integrity. All hospital stakeholders expect allhealth-care practitioners to display high level of integrity inaccordance to both the personal and professional code of conduct(Sorensen R et al 2008).A nursing leader should as well be perseverance since in most casesthey are faced with challenging situations that compel those aroundthem to lose hope (Whitehead,Weiss &amp Tappen, 2009).This attribute pays off in the long run and displays the realqualities of a nursing manager.

Accordingto Dunham-Taylor,(2000),nursing leadership entails making some bold decisions that are quiterisky in response to challenging situations. Possessing a goodattitude is paramount in all aspect of leadership as well aseffective execution of duties. A leader’s attitude is easilynoticeable by the followers more easily than any other quality(Dunham-Taylor, 2000).A leader should as well have good initiative. According toDunham-Taylor,(2000),having good ideas that one is not keen on implementing is not goodenough, since it requires ones capacity to act upon them in goodtime.

Mypersonal leadership attributes that will help me in my graduatenursing role

Apartfrom being bold, decisive and initiative with a high level ofintegrity, I’m a dynamic leader who can easily motivate otherstowards attaining an inspiring problem-solving situation. This is tofacilitate that I exude a lot of confidence on those who are servingunder my leadership. I’m as well a passionate and visionary leaderwho is always equipped with tactics to guide my team towardsattaining their future goals. This is pivotal in the sense that anursing manager currently cannot ignore the ever changing factors inthe healthcare environment(Sorensen R et al 2008).These changes include government regulated policies as well as theorganizational adjustments in response to better healthcareprovisions. This is critical in the sense that these evolving changesare keen on impacting both negative and positive responses in regardto the high expectations of accountability, independence andspecialist that the profession is expected to uphold.

Attributesthat I may need to develop in my graduate nursing role

Accordingto Dunham-Taylor,(2000),leaders who offer working solution and accurate timely decisions arehighly regarded in the nursing field. This is because in their doingso, they inspired future leaders and acted as role models. Suchattributes requires that one act with precision during decisionmaking, delegate duties fairly amongst the given team as well asresolving the evolving conflicts without taking sides. I might aswell need to learn how to nurture other aspiring leaders and know howthe team members feel when they are regarded as team players asopposed to individual nurses. Clinical leadership that istransformational might as well be vital in not only nurturing futureleaders, but also facilitating smooth future succession and promotingcenters of excellent(Metzger &amp Rivers, 2014).

Finally,the modern healthcare environment requires a complete synchronizationof the medical professionals as their roles are becoming highlyinterdependent (Metzger&amp Rivers, 2014). This is in regard to the current challenges whose singular entitysolution cannot offer the desirable solutions as per the patient caregivers decision. To reduce medical errors and improve nursing jobsatisfaction, a new kind of partnership- based leadership will benecessary to properly provide high quality services to the patients(Metzger&amp Rivers, 2014).


Dunham-Taylor,J. (2000). Nurse executive transformational leadership found inparticipative organizations. Journalof Nursing Administration,30(5),241-250.

Metzger,R., &amp Rivers, C. (2014). Advanced practice nursing organizationalleadership model. TheJournal for Nurse Practitioners,10(5),337-343.

SorensenR et al (2008) Beyond profession: nursing leadership in contemporaryhealthcare, Journalof Nursing Management 16: 535-544.

Whitehead,D. K., Weiss, S. A., &amp Tappen, R. M. (2009). Essentialsof nursing leadership and management.FA Davis.

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