Interview of a Healthcare Leader
Paper for NUR 492

Example of an Interview of a Healthcare Leader for NUR 492 at the University of Phoenix.

A leader is someone who can apply behaviors and strategies to influence others to obtain certain goals. In this paper, I am going to discuss the views of the leader I chose.

My leader has been a nurse for 20 years. She has been an Assistant Clinical Manager, Clinical Supervisor, and a Nurse Manager. Each of these positions was in critical care. She attended the VA Leadership Institute in 2009 and has had multiple management and conflict resolution training classes. She is currently in the position as a patient safety manager in the VA. She monitors patient facility safety problems and tries to determine the root cause, identifies the breakdown in process, and takes measures to make changes to improve patient safety.

Leaders can inspire others to work to their full potential. As a leader one can manage workload and situations, not people. People can manage themselves if given the right direction and tools to complete their task. Leaders need to allow others to be creative in their own practice; nurses have wonderful ideas and given the opportunity will develop the processes to fix system issues faster and more efficiently than those who sit behind a desk. Leaders need to learn to use those talents, it helps others to grow. Leaders also need to create an atmosphere where nurses can own their own practice and take accountability for what they chose to do.

One of the greatest attributes of a leader is integrity. Integrity means trying to do the right thing all the time, even when no one is looking. It is important for a leader to possess this value to inspire others to follow his or her lead; it would be hard to gain the trust of others if you fail to exhibit this value. Values such as honesty, ethical behavior, and truthfulness are embedded in integrity. Another value I want to pass on to others is passion, If leaders fail to have passion for what we do and what we believe in others will be able to see through this and will be less likely to follow your lead and believe in you as a leader. Another trait is compassion. It is important that leaders can walk in the steps of a bedside nurse and know what his or her challenges are. As a leader if you fail to know the path your nurses walk how can you know when you are making choices that will be in his or her best interest?

My candidate wants to provide the type of leadership that motivates nurses to do better, to continue to learn, and strive... Interview of a Healthcare Leader [continues]


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