10 Ways to Develop Nursing Leadership

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    10 Ways to Develop Nursing Leadership

    Great article in May 2012 issue of American Nurse Today:
    Launching yourself in nursing leadership


    This lead me to thinking about Ways to Develop Nursing Leadership Skills:

    Participate in Workplace Committees

    Participating workplace committees allows you to learn how and why decisions are made within your institution and healthcare politics involved in decision making. Observe how committee lead and members identify issues, problem solve, and resolve (or place on back burner) issues.

    After being on the committee awhile, you will soon realize who follows through on assignments, who's ideas usually work and who's opinions are respected. Consider asking one of the leaders to mentor you.

    Attend Nursing Conferences

    Learning new skills or reinforcing ones you have instills confidence. This allows YOU to take charge of your practice in areas of interest and often rekindles that initial passion you had for the career.

    It also allows one to network, share ideas and often discover you are not alone in having issues with particular device, newest healthcare craze or that you really have it better that some other work settings. BEST destressor too!

    Join a Professional Association, Meetings and Conventions

    Nursing Associations & Organizations (National & International)

    Participate in committee work. Become a presenter at event. Serve as delegate at national conventions--- exposes you to the best minds in the nursing world. Subscribe to a Nursing Journal

    Read each issue to keep abreast of evidenced based practices and emerging trends. Discuss info with colleagues at work.

    Meet Periodically with Nurse Educators

    Request training in areas of weakness or desire to learn more in-depth knowledge.

    Float to Other Units

    Floating to other units helps you to learn how others perform work -- can be better (or worse) than home unit. Helps to learn what NOT to do and learn to spread your wings.

    Read books on Leadership

    Read books beyond healthcare leadership. Look online for book reviews re leadership. Many hospitals have medical libraries which loan out books.

    Time and Experience

    Learning occurs over time and living through the shared healthcare experiences your patients have: unheard of diseases, code or rapid response situations, death and dying, difficult patients, "your the best nurse" moments, wrangling with physicians and other staff learning to be assertive for patients needs.

    Additional education

    Consider improving your education to move to the next level in nursing.

    Keep posting away at AN

    As I reflect back on my career, these are tips that I unconsciously utilized to prepare me to become a charge nurse and later Department Manager.

    Start out small and add these into your career mix over the coming months and years and you will soon evolve into the unit leader.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 18, '12
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    Thank you Karen for sharing this article. I would like to add to your nursing leadership is the valuie of if you've trained new employees in some sort. It may help your resume *shine*. I've been a CNA for five years and want to advance to LVN. I know how *standing out* is very valuable with leadership on your resume and I recently volunteer to assist the DON with independent mental health research and trends to improve performance. I also recently asked my DON if I can *shadow* and intern under her supervision as an assistant and she's open to the idea.


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