Significance of strong nurse leadership

I contacted Mary Jane, M.D., Ph.D., for an informed discussion about the significance of strong nurse leadership. Dr. Jane is an expert in the field, having practiced for five years and published high-profile research studies concerning applied leadership in nursing. Dr. Jane is a registered nurse who works as a charge nurse at a government hospital. Her role is to supervise and support nurse colleagues, and treat patients when necessary. Besides, she also maintains standard patient care, evaluate other nurses and act as an informative source for nursing staff. That said, Dr. Jane’s role as a nurse leader makes her a suitable participant in this project. I conducted a one-to-one interview with Dr. Jane at her office to obtain essential information.

To assess the aspects of leadership within the purview of a charge nurse, I asked Dr. Jane, “What are the aspects of leadership within your role?” Dr. Jane answered, “We as charge nurses act as frontline managers in the hospice setting and that is why we are called lead nurses or unit supervisors.” (M. Jane, personal communication, February 21, 2019). Also, Dr. Jane adds that charge nurses operate in various healthcare milieu, including clinics, hospitals, and acute care facilities. Their role is less rigid; hence they can partake their obligations on a temporary-permanent basis. The rate of their retention depends on the needs of the facility or the existence of a practice gap (personal communication, February 21, 2019). Dr. Jane also adds that some of the fundamental obligations of a charge nurse are to supervise other nursing staff, oversee staffing needs, design duty timetables, undertake performance assessment and human resourcing, and provide daily and spasmodic reports.

My next question to Dr. Jane was about the essential aptitudes that a charge nurse should exhibit to deliver effectively. “Doctor, what are the skills and attributes needed in your role that help you to be successful?” Dr. Jane gave me a precise and clear answer: “Firstly, all charge nurses must be licensed Registered Nurses (RNs). They must have three years of experience to partake the position. Dr. Jane contents that having additional credentials, good personality, and work experience increase a person's chance of becoming a charge nurse (personal communication, February 21, 2019). According to the doctor, a nurse leader, a charge nurse must exhibit exceptional skills in communication and organization. Moreover, they must be proficient in making quick conclusions, assessing the quality of care provided, litigating disputes, and forestalling faults.

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