Evidenced Based Effective Nursing Leadership

  1. Be an authentic leader: An authentic leader is genuine, trustworthy, reliable and believable. Remaining true to ones core values, identities, preferences and emotions is key to an authentic leader. Authentic leaders develop heart and compassion by becoming connected and getting to know those who work for them.
  2. Seek leadership development: Most nursing leaders are thrown into it with out any formal training on how to be a good leader. Many times the company or group that you work for will also not allow you to take courses to develop your leadership skills, that’s why you must take it upon yourself to develop the skills on your own.
    • Frontline leader roles like that of a charge nurse have evolved to become more complex then ever and key to staff retention in today’s healthcare environment.
    • The development of leadership competencies is critical if nurses at every level are to become full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in delivering high quality care.
    • Succession planning for and development for future nursing leaders is a critically needed investment for healthcare facilities today.
    • Examples of assessment tools often used in leadership training include the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator and Kouzes and Posners Leadership Practices Inventory. Also, published by the AACN and AORN the Nurse Manager Leadersip Collaberative Model that helps identify competency domains and skills needed by current and future nurse leaders.
  3. Create a healthy work environment. Healthy work environments are linked to staff satisfaction and better patient outcomes. Only staff nurses can confirm that the unit they work on is a healthy work environment. The demonstration of a healthy work environment is a key factor in achieving the forces of magnetism, which are attributes or outcomes that exemplify nursing excellence. The AACN Standards for establishing and sustaining Healthy Work Environments are the most widely use set of standards to evaluate you work environment.
  4. Keep Staff engaged. In a recent study of over 200 hospitals nationally staff engagement was a key factor in determining and reducing mortality and preventing medical errors. Work engagement and staff burnout are at opposite ends of a work-commitment continuum. Engaged nurses will go the extra mile to ensure safe, competent and compassionate care. The engagement of nurses in their work has a significant and profound impact in patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.
  5. Help a new grad….what else is there to say. They are the future they need jobs and need to be nurtured to become great nurses, not tortured.

Source: Nurse.com