Published Aug 18, 2015
I recently came across a great article on emotional intelligence in nursing. It listed 5 attributes of successful nurse leaders. I ticked four of them.
How many of the five boxes did you tick?
Is this list comprehensive though? What would you include?
TakeTwoAspirin, MSN, RN, APRN
I would be interested in reading this article. Would you please post full citation/link?
Sure, here you go:
This feels eerily like some BSN homework I vaguely remember doing. The skills I look for in a nurse leader are:
- A Stephen Hawking-esque knowledge of EMRs, including answers to questions like, "How come when I chart this blood sugar over here it doesn't automatically appear over there?" or, "*** are all these buttons for?"
- An intense, piercing stare
- A grasp of labyrinthine jokes, the best of which take hours to tell
- Their non-dominant hand should be replaced, Swiss Army-style, with an O2 monitor, a doppler, a bladder scanner, a barcode scanner, and a nozzle that sprays Sierra Mist
- They should carry a portable Pyxis on their back, stocked with the top 30 meds used on their unit
- Immune to C. diff and norovirus
- Don't sleep, work all three shifts
- Able to lift, turn, and reposition patients of any size, even the sweaty ones
... those are the things I can think of off the top of my head.
HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD
Love Dogen's list!!! I can add a couple
A poker faced ability to deal with clueless bottom-line-oriented executive types who see absolutely no connection between patient satisfaction, quality of care, patient safety and nursing workload..... without one single eyeroll.
Nuclear powered moral compass - to remain absolutely focused on the 'true north' of patient care and the wellbeing of nursing staff despite the near-continuous barrage of blame-storming toward nurses whenever anything occurs.
A powerful stride. A purposeful stance. The ability to raise one's eyebrow. (Preferably the left one!) Eyespeak. Great shoes. (See "stride")
....Nuclear powered moral compass - to remain absolutely focused on the 'true north' of patient care and the wellbeing of nursing staff despite the near-continuous barrage of blame-storming toward nurses whenever anything occurs.
Don't get me wrong, having a NM made of steel who stands between me and administrators who think I have all this free time to add new responsibilities would be great...
... but a NM who shoots Sierra Mist and dispenses sandwiches would save me at least 10 miles of walking every week and raise HCAHPS scores.
Oh, and checks CBGs. A NM should always check CBGs, and chart interventions...
Your perfect NM doesn't have a built in coffee machine in that whole rigmarole?
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