Nurse leaders must demonstrate their ability to effectively adapt to a wide variety of situations. Nurse leaders are high level representatives of the nursing profession and exemplify the best that nursing practice has to offer. Innovation and research are critical components that nurse leaders must explore in order to accomplish the desired objectives in providing exemplary patient care and treatment at all times (Montgomery, 2011).These individuals must also act in a transformative capacity in order to provide clinical leadership in a manner that is receptive to change and new strategic approaches to common problems (Bender et.al, 2011).
Nurse leaders provide expert knowledge and decision-making capabilities on a regular basis. However, their ability to promote empowerment and mutual respect amongst staff nurses is a continuous challenge (Clark et.al, 2011). As cost-cutting measures and limited staffing continue to prevail in many nursing work environments, it is essential for nurse leaders to facilitate staff nurses in their efforts to provide high quality patient care and treatment, even under adverse conditions (Clark et.al, 2011). These contributions also empower staff nurses to develop relationships with their colleagues that are mutually beneficial and support effective knowledge sharing on a regular basis (Clark et.al, 2011). These opportunities support the growth and professional development of nurses in an effort to promote consistency within practice settings (Clark et.al, 2011).
Nurse leaders possess specific knowledge and experience of nursing practice methods and strategies to promote greater quality of care and favorable patient outcomes. This role is often transformative in nature and supports the ongoing development of new perspectives to empower staff nurses to perform at optimal levels. Innovation, knowledge acquisition, and relationship building are critical within the nurse leader role and support the development of new directives to support excellence in all areas of nursing practice.
Bender, M., Mann, L., and Olsen, J. (2011). Leading transformation: implementing the clinical nurse leader role. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 41(7/8), 296-298.
Clark, C.M., Olender, L., Cardoni, C., and Kenski, D. (2011). Fostering civility in nursing education and practice: nurse leader perspectives. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(7/8), 324-330.
Montgomery, K.L. (2011). Leadership redefined: educating the Doctorate of Nursing practice nurse leader through innovation. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 35(3), 248-251.