Jumat, 02 November 2012

When Nurses Assume Leadership Roles

Nurses have evolved through the years. They have assumed different roles in the health care industry. They are now more than just doctor's assistant. They have become health care professionals who are part of shaping the future of the health care industry. One of the roles that nurses assume is the leadership role. It can be supervisory or simply because you are the senior nurse. Some nurses are reluctant to take the leadership roles because they feel that they are not well equipped. Another reason is that they think they already have many responsibilities with their patients.

However, the increasing need for nursing leaders have become very vital. It is completely necessary for the benefit of the patients. Nurse leaders are important because they are the ones who will be involved in organizing, controlling and managing the activities of other nurses and patients.

Positively speaking the role of nurse leader is not as hard as one might think. You already possess all the needed qualities, all you have to do is up it in a much higher level and you are good to go.


When you are just a staff nurse you are so used to coordinating with different things during your shift. You coordinate schedules of patients, doctor's visits and even hospital records. As a nurse leader you will still do these things, but in a more massive scale. It would involve managing other nurses. This would also entail managing difficult situations from the nursing shifts, motivation of the staff and performance quality of the nurses.


Schedules can sometimes be changed. Sometimes there would be unexpected events that can happen. When you become nurse leaders this would be part and parcel of your role. There would be changes that you do not expect but you are trained to respond to these kinds of changes.


One of the things that we do with our patients is helping them feel encouraged to get better. We also help our colleagues get over an extremely difficult day by saying a few words of encouragement. When you assume the role of the leader you are the one who help junior nurses feel their way in the new environment that they entered. You will be the person they will look up to for strength and guidance.