Combining Nurse Leader with Advocacy
After rating myself as a nursing supervisor using the nurse manager inventory tool, I found out that my experience/skill is competent (Chafey et al, 1998). I also analyzed the weaknesses and strengths in the personal and professional accountability, career planning, personal journey disciplines, and reflective practice reference behaviors/tenets. These strengths and weaknesses can be used to analyze my nursing practice because they are generally reflected in the rating that I carried out earlier.
Strengths and weaknesses
Personal and professional accountability
This section tackles the personal growth and development, ethical behaviors and practice, professional association involvement, and certification. All these ranged at competent experience showing that I needed to do something in order to improve my nursing profession (Chafey et al, 1998)
I found out that accountability was strength for me as the nursing supervisor since the ratings were very high (Chafey et al1998). Accountability involves doing your work well and maintaining work coordination in your area of work. Managing such a wide area of the nursing profession that includes the nurses themselves and other organizations and other staff that works together with them in the provision of health care is not easy but I was able to manage that workforce (Chafey et al, 1998)
I am competent in the management of the nursing association so as to build a trustworthy relationship among those working with me. I am also able to communicate effective with the workers to facilitate good behaviors, etiquettes, developing effective communication, providing quality health care in a professional manner and involving every person in decision making.
Career planning involves analyzing my own knowledge about my roles in practice, planning my future in relation to the nursing care in the future, and placing myself in the development of my career (Titzer, 2011). As the nursing supervisor, I offer sessions whereby I guide individual nurses on how they can develop their own careers in the future so that they can survive the nursing environment and competition in the future. I also help them identify their weaknesses and strengths so that they can improve their nursing practice. This is strength for me because it helps me to help others that I work with and also plan my own career development. I also understand my roles as the nursing supervisor and this has helped me to reach my targets and goals in my career and practice (Titzer, 2011).
Personal journey disciplines
Personal journey disciplines are skills that help a nursing professional in improving themselves as leaders. These skills are shared leadership, action learning, and reflective practice. These discipline skills are important in order to be able to translate active practice as a behavior. They facilitate shared leadership which I have participated in a number of times. Problem solving skills are necessary in order to be able to carry out the supervision well because one is mostly faced with problems that they are expected to solve. This is the strength that has enabled me to ensure good coordination of those I work with. Effective problem solving also indicates that the skills have worked to improve the work environment and my practice as an individual (Titzer, 2011).
Reflective practice reference behaviors/tenets
Personal reflective on individual behaviors is assessed through looking for integrity in leadership, appreciation of ambiguity of working environments, leader’s diversity, ability to use different perspectives in decision making, identifying the potential within oneself, willingness to learn, developing the intellectual and emotional self, having balance in the nursing practice (Titzer, 2011). These can also be considered to be leadership skills that can be used to advocate for change in the nursing sector. The tenets and behavior guidelines are developed for the purposes of guiding personal reflection of individual leadership behaviors. This is a weakness and a challenge for me as a nursing supervisor. I find personal reflection difficult because it is difficult not to be biased in one area or the other. I am not able to handle things like environmental ambiguity with ease and in the other hand; I am able to exercise integrity and appreciation of diversity (Titzer, 2011).
Application of skills to advocate for change in the workplace
Some of the skills that I posses and can use to advocate for change include effective communication skills, planning skills, leadership skills, interpersonal relationship skills, problem solving skills, negotiation skills and networking skills (Nagelkerk, 2005). These skills are necessary in rallying the workers behind a change project being advocated for. The interpersonal skills can be used to collect the views and ideas of the different workers and decision making skills will help me to reach at the best decision considering these views. Negotiations skills will help me to sell ideas for change to others in the organization and in the external environment. Networking skills helps to coordinate the internal and external environments to facilitate change. Planning skills help to structure a change strategy that is realistic and achievable. These skills facilitate success in the nursing career and develop the health care sector in general (Nagelkerk, 2005).
Personal goal for leadership growth
My personal goal is becoming a senior nurse manager after acquiring the supervisory skills and me experience as a nurse supervisor (Nagelkerk, 2005). To attain this goal, I will be required to advance my studies in the field of nursing management before getting into practice. This will help me to get up the ladder easily and become a senior nurse manager. Advancing my studies will enable me to fit into the dynamic nursing environment which has many requirements for nursing managers. Through this plan, achieving my goal is easily attainable (Nagelkerk, 2005).
Chafey, K., Rhea, M., Shannon, A. M., & Spencer, S. (1998). Characterizations of advocacy by practicing nurses. Journal of Professional Nursing, 14(1), 43-52.
Nagelkerk, J. (2005). Study guide for leadership and nursing care management. Elsevier Health Sciences.
Titzer, J. (2011). Nursing Leadership Development and Succession Planning. In 41st Biennial Convention (29 October-2 November 2011). STTI.
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