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NRS 451 Topic 1 DQ 1

DQ 1 :Describe the difference in roles between leadership and management.

Describe the difference in roles between leadership and management. Explain how the goals of
management and leadership overlap and provide one example. As a nurse leader, describe how
you can facilitate change by taking advantage of this overlap.
Ashley Fitzpatrick
Jun 16, 2022, 5:11 AM
Replies to Ashley Fitzpatrick
In nursing, it is important to have nurses who are leaders and others who are assigned a role in
management. A nurse who is a leader is someone who has the ability to influence those around
them as well as having the ability to understand their followers. (Whitney, 2018) A nursing
leader can be either formal or informal. A formal leader is someone who has been assigned by

the organization and has duties outlined for them. Whereas an informal leader is someone who
does not have a specific title. A nurse who is a good leader shows compassion, trust, stability and
hope and obtain their power through directing and empowering others. (Whitney, 2018)
"Nursing leaders are often expected to make patient care more efficient to help reduce hospital
stays, lower risk of readmissions, and reduce healthcare costs" (2021).
A nurse who is in management is assigned by an organization and manages the day to day
operations in nursing. (2021) They have specific duties and responsibilities and focus on tasks
such as organizing, staffing, planning, supervising, making assignments, and coordinating tasks
that need to be completed. (Whitney, 2018) "A nurse manager primarily focuses on keeping
daily operations in the department as efficiently as possible… They supervise nurses and other
staff members and provide training as needed. (2021).
There are some goals in leadership and management that overlap. Some of these goals include
influencing others in a positive way, being visionary and looking towards the future, and are not
narrowly focused. Ways that leaders and management might influence others in a positive way.
It is important that both managers and leaders work on their critical thinking and problem-
solving skills in order to make good decisions for those who they are managing or leading. By
being a nursing leader, facilitating change occurs by setting an example for those who are around
you as well as being someone that others can trust. Setting standards for colleges is a great way
to facilitate change.


How to decide whether leadership or management in nursing is right for you. Post University.
(2021, July 30). https://post.edu/blog/nursing-leadership-vs-management/

Whitney, S. (2018). Theories and concepts in leadership and management. In Grand Canyon
University (Ed.), Nursing leadership & management: Leading and
serving. https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs451vn/nursing-leadership-and-management-leading-and-

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