Nurses in a Leadership Role
Corresponding Author: Subhash C Parija, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry, India, Phone: +91 413-2616766, e-mail: email@example.com
How to cite this article Parija SC. Nurses in a Leadership Role. Pon J Nurs 2021;14(1):1.
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Nursing is a dynamic and demanding profession that warrants inspiring leaders.1 Nurses play a pivotal part in achieving the healthcare goals by being the most important link in the process of healthcare delivery.2 Nurses have a prime responsibility of rendering effective nursing care, providing evidence-based nursing care, and working toward optimum quality standards at all times. Strong leadership is critical if the vision of a transformed healthcare system is to be realized. Effective leadership in nursing practices has immensely contributed to the growth of the organization.3 Of late, Huston has mentioned eight essential nurse leader competencies (2020) to meet the organizational goals. They include:
- A global perspective or mindset regarding healthcare and changes in the nursing profession.
- Technology skills that would impact patient care.
- Expert decision-making skills.
- The skill to create organizational cultures that infuse quality healthcare and ensures patient and employee safety.
- The ability to comprehend and appropriately intervene in political processes.
- Improve patient outcomes through effective collaboration and inter-professional cooperation.
- The ability to balance authenticity and performance expectations.
- The ability to respond immediately to the changes and adapt to the situation.4
Over the last few decades, nurses have gradually adopted greater responsibilities. The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role the nurses have contributed and the potential that nurses possess, to address big healthcare challenges. Nurses in leadership roles have greatly contributed to a high-quality work environment.5 They create a professional environment and foster a culture where all healthcare professionals significantly aid in the patient outcome.6 They also serve as change agents and continually look for ways that impact the healthcare system.
Nursing leaders innovate and create a vibrant, exciting practice setting in which nurses deliver safe, accessible, timely, and high-quality care for the patients.
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