The three values that I will embrace in my future nursing role are advocating for other nurses, integrity, and work ethics. The advocacy will be to promote the working environment and to ensure that appropriate resources are allocated to every work station that nurses are deployed. I will embrace integrity in that I will have strong moral principles and be honest in my profession as a nurse and I hope with that I will be able to succeed through all the challenging circumstances that I face. With diligence and persistence, I will uphold my role as nurse and work hard and to the best of my ability. This strong work ethic will help me to produce consistent and high-quality work.
Professionalism alone is not enough to achieve the ultimate strengths of a leader and therefore it has to be supplemented with personal strengths in order to achieve ones desired outcome (Yoder-Wise, 2014). I believe my intelligence, ability to work as a team, ability to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare system, dedication and time management will come in handy to help me achieve in this profession. Intelligence can be summed up as one’s capacity for logic, abstract though, creativity and problem solving abilities. Ability to work as a team or the ability to relate with my colleagues helps in achieving the heights of this profession (Grossman & Valiga, 2012). It is as a team that you achieve the best output and also an opportunity to stand out as a hardworking member of the team. Change can be affiliated to the technology or to the management. In both cases anyway, one has to adapt fast to prevent risking their jobs to another person who can do it better. With day-to-day advancement in technology whichultimately has to be incorporated so as to be able to achieve the best outcome and with the inevitable change in the management at the work place, I believe my ability to positively adapt to change will play a big part to help myself settle down quickly. Dedication is defined as being committed to a task or purpose. My dedication is to my work and profession as a nurse and I have to dedicate my time in order to achieve (Yoder-Wise, 2014). Time management is a factor every that is very difficult to acquire. It involves planning and prioritizing according to the demands and the time limit. This therefore requires maximum attention in order for someone to know exactly what activity they should perform first and which one should wait. In order to achieve the best in time management one has to identify the activities to be done, develop an estimated time to carry each activity, prioritize activities and allocate time for unscheduled activities or errors (Grossman & Valiga, 2012).
As a manager, I will need to separate my personal life with my professional life. This is very difficult for me because I always have had a friendly relationship with my colleagues at work. Being at the top needs someone to command some respect as well as serve the others to the best of one’s ability. In some cases, for example when a given employee is not performing as required, the manager needs to correct them or even terminate their employment (Yoder-Wise, 2014). This can be a difficult thing to do if you are friends with that person because they the other party can take it too personal because you were friends. Another weakness that I will have to overcome is confrontation. A manager sometimes needs to confront staff members who do not abide to the policies and procedures as a professional in order to oversee that the department is running as required. I need to develop myself to be a no-nonsense manager to ensure that all those in my department conduct themselves with extreme professionalism and weed out those who do not conduct themselves as required (Grossman & Valiga, 2012). Another attribute that every leader ought to have is critical thinking. This is the making of clear and reasoned judgment before you act.A leader should be able to conceptualize, analyze and evaluate information. Most of the time when I have a problem and I try to gather thoughts I end up taking much time and this I suppose is a weakness that I will need to overcome. By so doing, I will be able to take control when emergency situations occur and turn it to my advantage by coming up with a timely solution.
Leadership is challenging and it has no difference when it comes to being a nurse leader. As a leader you have to control matters that are not only specific to your department but one has to interact with other departments in the organization. A nurse leader should not be fearful of change, failure or confrontation thus setting an example for the staff members. They should be able to build a team, set goals for the team and individuals, communicate the goals, and give the people all the tools that are necessary (Grossman & Valiga, 2012). The leader should also be self-motivated and enthusiasm in order to motivate the staff. When someone learns from personal experience it is critically effective as they are able to acquire what the other person does at a personal level. Through interaction with another person a person is able to acquire the leadership skills during the clinical experience. The nurse leaders have the challenge to be able to predict the abilities, knowledge and skills needed in order to run the healthcare system (Yoder-Wise, 2014). Planning and action by the current nurse leaders is required to ensure that the emerging leaders develop skills and competencies that are needed in order to be successful. Learning directly from a person in a leadership role can help one in developing communication skills, self-confidence and the importance of emotional intelligence in leadership (Grossman & Valiga, 2012).
Grossman, S. C., & Valiga, T. M. (2012). The new leadership challenge: Creating the future of nursing. FA Davis.
Yoder-Wise, P. S. (2014). Leading and managing in nursing. Elsevier Health Sciences.