ProfessionalDevelopment Needs Assessment
ProfessionalDevelopment Needs Assessment
Leaderand Manager: Differentiate between leadership and management
Althoughleadership and management must ideally go hand in hand, the two havedissimilar scopes. Leaders usually have followers while managers areabove those who work for them. A successful nurse must be able toexhibit both leadership and management skills. As such leadership isfocused on helping others to understand a particular vision and worktowards it while management is more oriented towards administrationand ensuring that the normal operations are taking place as required.Despite much being said concerning these two inseparable entities, itis clear that managers have a general responsibility to plan,organize and coordinate functions while leaders are burdened with thetask of inspiring and motivating others (Kelly & Tazbir, 2014).
Whatjob tasks require a manager?
Inthe field of nursing, several tasks require managerial skills. Theseinclude the promotion and restoration of patient health through thedevelopment of daily and long-term plans, directing and developingstaff as well as teamwork and collaboration with relevant physiciansand other multidisciplinary staff. It may also entail the provisionof both physical and physiological support for patients and theirfamilies. Additionally, other tasks that require a manager consist ofidentification of patient requirements, maintenance of nursingguidelines, initiation, coordination and program enforcement, qualityassurance through adherence and making any recommended adjustments.In some health facilities, nurse managers can be tasked withselection and recruitment of staff, monitoring and appraisal,communication, resolution of patient issues and challenges as well asdocumentation, auditing, budgeting and initiation of necessarycorrective measures.
Whatsituations require a leader?
Onthe other hand, nursing situations that require leadership range fromthe nurturing of collaborative relationships and application ofanalytical problem-solving skills to offering of direct guidance,mentorship, and large scale policy planning and staff management.Where need be, the nurse leaders can also take active parts infinancial resource allocation, coordination and supervision amongother duties. In the contemporary world, nursing care has expandedgreatly hence the subsequent expansion of nurse leaders to areas suchas contract negotiation, planning work schedules, responsibilitydelegation, budgeting, and ensuring the implementation of policiesand other changes.
KeyConcepts: Explain key nursing leadership, management, andcommunication concepts that facilitate collaboration and supportInterprofessional teams
Teamworkand sustenance of Interprofessional teams are governed by thefollowing key concepts. The first is the identification of a leaderwith a clear vision, an ability to listen and capacity to offer therequired support to the team. This person must have a set of valuesconsistently exhibited. Also, nursing leadership requires uprightnessand proper establishment of processes and infrastructure that promotequality and accurate feedback for further improvement. Secondly, goodcommunication strategies are equally vital for stimulating intra-teaminformation flow and assist in decision-making. Third, sufficientstaffing and appropriate skills must meet the patient needs while atthe same time considering collaborative leadership, communication,and appropriate knowledge and experience. Last but not least, respectof other’s autonomy is fundamental, coupled with recognition,rewarding and offering opportunities for further development.
Explainhow key nursing leadership, management, and communication conceptsfacilitate collaboration with Interprofessional teams
Theabove cited key concepts are vital for the accurate investment oftime for team development and maintenance, team functioning andimprovement in a manner that ensures all competencies areincorporated into an effectively and efficiently working unit.
LeadershipSelf-Assessment: Describe your personal leadership and communicationstyle
Personalleadership style can be best described as participative. As such, theinput of the team members and colleagues are highly valued althoughthe role of making the ultimate decision is left for the leader. Thismethod not only boosts the morale of colleagues but also allowsparticipation and hence a better decision-making process (Giltinane,2013).The participation of both the leader and followers necessitatesacceptance of changes easily and smoothly.
Concerningcommunication, the personal mode is assertive where opinions areclearly stated and the elements of rights and ethics well presented.Assertive communication brings out value in terms of emotional,spiritual and physical needs in a respectful and appropriate manner.It also entails listening, connection with others, and avoidingmanipulation or abuse from others.
Explainthe strengths of your style that make an effective leader
Thestrong points of my style range form the ability to apply ethicalreasoning, adopting open-minded approaches to solve problems and theraising as well as discussion of issues before decisions can be made.The leadership style is also characterized by the ability to resistpressure, responsiveness to information and signals and alsocapability to communicate effectively using the available channels
SkillDevelopment: Identify skills or areas for future professionaldevelopment
Potentialskills and areas for development are innovation, utilization ofevidence-based practices and information technology for safetyenhancement, value-based purchasing and improving work-life balanceamong the staff (Hauck et al., 2013). Where applicable, prospectiveareas can also encompass patient safety, sustaining collaboration andapplication of nursing informatics.
Whattraining do you need to be a successful leader in your new position?
Forprosperous leadership, specialized training is one of the mainaspects to consider. Apparently, three main areas can be highlyconsidered namely infection control, case management and nursingeducation and informatics. Infection control is important forimproving quality and safety of patient care, case management ensureshealth reforms and accountability while nursing education andinformatics provides better recording, schedules and planning forsecurity purposes and practice improvement (Park, 2015).
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