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.

In today’s rapid changing world, leaders are the key to success, especially in the nursing field. Good nursing leaders have the ability to provide direction, facilitate structure to reach goals, and cohesiveness throughout team members. Leader by definition is “someone who uses interpersonal skills to influence others to accomplish specific goals” (Sullivan & Decker, 2009, p. 329). On the other hand a manager is different. Their goal is geared toward being responsible and accountable for the goals of the organization. The following interview was focused on the role of an AOD (Nursing Supervisor), which will be referred to as D.C.

BACKGOUND for Interview of a Healthcare Leader

D.C: began her nursing career as a telemetry nurse 16 years ago in county hospital, shortly after she was promoted to charge nurse and performed this duty for 3 years, giving support to the neighboring unit. With her accomplishments and dedication she promptly was noted by directors of other units and in November of 2001, she was approached by the AOD and was asked to see if she would be willing to cover the weekend shift of Thanksgiving. She did such an outstanding job that she was offered an interim position while the current AOD would plan his retirement. With a lot of hard work and many hours, she was able to achieve many of the goals she set out to complete. She has been in this position ever since and obtained her MSN and is working on her DNP to integrate as faculty at the Texas Tech School of Nursing. Her passion for patient care, and community involvement has motivated this woman to pursue her aspirations and truly make a difference in the healthcare system.


When asked the question “How would you describe a leader?” she quickly answered with what she thought was a huge characteristic of a true leader, and that was to lead by example. She went on to describe other important characteristics of a leader, such as holding people accountable for their work and lives, meaning it is important to force people to take responsibility for their achievements’ as well as their mistakes this is the only way to ensure people will do their best work and also learn from their downfalls. It also behooves a leader in her setting especially...[continues]

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