12 Leadership Qualities.

  1.       Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate leadership by passing their NCLEX exams and maintaining all credentials/ license/ certifications necessary for their job. 
  2.       Leadership is about values – Nurses demonstrate leadership by honoring our own personal values as well as the values of the patients we serve.
  3.       Leadership is about service – A nurse’s job is all about service. We serve our patients and our community with our knowledge, skills, and compassion.
  4.       Leadership is about people and relationships – Through our role as nurses we are always interacting with others: patients, family members, and other members of the interdisciplinary team. Nurses demonstrate leadership when by building relationships through therapeutic communication.
  5.       Leadership is contextual – Nurses demonstrate leadership by obtaining advice, opinions, and information from leaders in other areas of healthcare to aid in areas they are not as experienced in. 
  6.       Leadership is about the management of meaning – Nurses demonstrate leadership by anticipating potential pt. Complications are preparing for them. 
  7.       Leadership is about balance – Nurses show leadership by balancing patient load through effective time management skills and appropriate delegation. 
  8.       Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Nurses demonstrate leadership by staying up to date with their certifications, continuous education, and striving toward personal and departmental process improvement.
  9.       Leadership is about effective decision making – Nurses demonstrate leadership by using critical thinking to prioritize tasks.
  10.   Leadership is a political process – Nurses demonstrate leadership by following appropriate channels departmental, corporate, and governmental to institute improvement changes in the healthcare system. 
  11.   Leadership is about modeling – Nurses demonstrate leadership by being role models for our patients including living the practices we teach to our patients. 
  12.   Leadership is about integrity– Nurses demonstrate leadership by performing all tasks with integrity. Nurses show integrity by being honest and truthful with patients, maintaining HIPAA and other healthcare laws, and admitting and rectifying any mistakes made. 

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