Personal Qualities of Effective Leadership in Nursing Term Paper by stuckinal

Personal Qualities of Effective Leadership in Nursing
An explanation of the qualities necessary for nursing staff to become strong leaders.
# 147497 | 1,361 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 28, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Business (Management)

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This paper discusses the importance of the development of nursing leadership. It provides research that shows how critical leadership is to obtaining the best outcomes. The focus of this paper calls attention to the attitudes and skills of an effective leader by highlighting twelve principles. These twelve principles support the position that leadership is a shared responsibility which occurs at many levels at various times.

From the Paper:

''Taking the lead is leadership at a fundamental level. It is being mindful of who you are, not being scared to rock the boat, and being prepared and willing to take a risk. A leadership position may be difficult or uncomfortable at times, but it is an exciting position to fill. Probably one of the most influential leaders in nursing history was Florence Nightingale. She had a calling, the timing was perfect since change was desperately needed, and she possessed the skills required to take the reigns and lead. Even though her time of action was in the late 1850s, her methods of action and characteristics of leadership are still applicable today. Florence Nightingale is viewed as a visionary, a risk taker, and proactive leader who was not willing to take "no" as an answer. Many other ordinary nurses have stepped forward throughout history to take the lead doing what they believed was important at a time when there was an obvious need for change. Countless numbers of these nurses have gone unnoticed not because their contributions were insignificant, but because the changes they initiated took place at every level during periods when change was happening everywhere. Regardless of the types of changes or levels of the nursing profession in which they occurred, the same leadership characteristics are noticeably present and actively demonstrated by individuals who have made an impact in various facets of the nursing profession. Because nurses are licensed to care for and protect the public, it is crucial that certain leadership skills be possessed by every nurse and that every nurse acts upon them to lead appropriately and in an effective manner. Leadership qualities are accessible to anyone interested in their attainment and can be developed using the following twelve principles outlined in this paper.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beverly Robbins, & Ruth Davidhizar. (2007). Transformational Leadership in Health Care Today. The Health Care Manager, 26(3), 234-239.
  • Bower, F. L. (2000). Nurses take the lead: Effective leadership qualities (pp. 15-320). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: W.B. Saunders Company.
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  • Grimm, J.. (2010). Effective Leadership: Making the Difference. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 36(1), 74.

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