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NRS 451 Discussion: Nurse Leaders Advocating for their Employees

NRS 451 Discussion: Nurse Leaders Advocating for their Employees

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As nurses it is our responsibility to maintain patient advocacy for our patients and for ourselves as well in order to maintain quality of care and patient safety. A charge nurse is a an example of a nursing leader. A charge nurse oversees the department and makes sure that safety in the department is being maintained. For example, just like everywhere our emergency department is short staffed, our charge nurse always speaks up for us and has called safe harbor when our house supervisor attempts to increase our staffing ratio mid shift. Our charge nurse provides a welcoming and comfortable environment. Another example, is our nursing director makes sure he approves our self schedules due to making us happy and he stated that by granting our wishes will assist in promoting our health and rest. “To be advocates and practice social justice, nurses must be armed with the knowledge and values that empower them to voice concerns and contribute to positive changes in their immediate environment” (Thomas, 2018).

” Nurses are increasingly positioned to advocate more effectively than ever before not only for patients, but also for themselves and the nursing profession” (Tomajan, nd). Advocating for employees and colleagues can positively affect patient care and outcomes if the nurse him or herself feels they have the support from the leader. This allows for any issue to be brought up to the leader and it can be addressed and dealt with. When an individual does not have the support, they may not feel motivated to go to work, may increase the risk for medication errors, and their work ethic may be poor.

References:

Thomas, J, S. (2018). Organizational culture and values. In Grand Canyon University (Eds.), Nursing leadership & management: Leading and serving. https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs451vn/nursing-leadership-and-management-leading-and-serving/v1.1/#/chapter/4

 

Tomajan, K. (n.d.). Advocating for Nurses and Nursing. Advocating for nurses and nursing. from https://ojin.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-17-2012/No1-Jan-2012/Advocating-for-Nurses.html

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Hi Breanna – that’s awesome that you have such great supervisors and charge nurses. My supervisors are also good at approving our self schedules, but I have nurse friends who have supervisors that don’t pay much attention to staff preferences when it comes to scheduling and only staff according to what suits the unit the best. It’s so important that staff are happy and can take time off to relax and recharge – especially in the healthcare field. Without this, staff burnout happens so easily and quickly. It’s also great that your charge advocates for your staff to ensure safe staffing ratios. Additionally our charges will make sure we don’t get admits from the ED who aren’t appropriate for our staff – like pts who should be in ICU or ones that require constant care when we’re already at 6:1. Part of continuous quality improvement in a nursing organization involves interdisciplinary teams that contribute to making decisions that will ultimately improve patient care (Thomas, 2018).

Reference

Thomas, J. S. (2018). Organizational culture and values. Nursing leadership and management: leading and serving. (Chapter 4). https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs451vn/nursing-leadership-and-management-leading-and-serving/v1.1/#/chapter/4

Nurse leaders’ roles are multifaceted—daily responsibilities include strategic staffing management, quality improvement, and finances (Kester, 2020). Managers advocate for staff by mitigating staffing challenges; this requires understanding how many nurses are needed to staff the unit adequately and how to recruit and retain staff. In addition, managers must anticipate turnover and onboarding of competent nurses before a deficit occurs (Kester, 2020). One main factor in turnover is the work environment. Fostering and maintaining a healthy, positive work environment is essential as it is necessary for nurses’ ability to deliver safe and effective care. To achieve staffing stability, retaining nurses early and late in their careers helps to maintain overall staffing and experience levels (Kester, 2020). Strategies to improve the work environment include building relationships by being physically present in the unit, troubleshooting issues, and delivering recognition, all significant components of authentic leadership (Kester, 2020). Authentic leaders are self-aware, true to themselves, genuine, and transparent, which is more likely to have engaged, enthusiastic, motivated staff and psychologically safe cultures (Center for Creative Leadership, 2020). Focusing on and fostering a healthy work environment is strongly associated with perceived teamwork and patient care outcomes, and nurse leaders can advocate by making this a priority.

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Discuss how nurse leaders serve as advocates for their employees. Describe how advocacy for employees affects patient care and outcomes.

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Prepare a 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation, with speaker notes, that examines the significance of an organization’s culture and values. For the presentation of your PowerPoint, use Loom to create a voice-over or a video. Refer to the Topic Materials for additional guidance on recording your presentation with Loom. Include an additional slide for the Loom link at the beginning, and an additional slide for References at the end.

1. Outline the purpose of an organization’s mission, vision, and values.
2. Explain why an organization’s mission, vision, and values are significant to nurse engagement and patient outcomes.
3. Explain what factors lead to conflict in a professional practice. Describe how organizational values and culture can influence the way conflict is addressed.
4. Discuss effective strategies for resolving workplace conflict and encouraging interprofessional collaboration.
5. Discuss how organizational needs and the culture of health care influence organizational outcomes. Describe how these relate to health promotion and disease prevention from a community health perspective.

While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

NRS 451 Discussion: Nurse Leaders Advocating for their Employees

Topic 4 DQ 1

Jul 4-6, 2022

Discuss how nurse leaders serve as advocates for their employees. Describe how advocacy for employees affects patient care and outcomes.

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As nurses it is our responsibility to maintain patient advocacy for our patients and for ourselves as well in order to maintain quality of care and patient safety. A charge nurse is a an example of a nursing leader. A charge nurse oversees the department and makes sure that safety in the department is being maintained. For example, just like everywhere our emergency department is short staffed, our charge nurse always speaks up for us and has called safe harbor when our house supervisor attempts to increase our staffing ratio mid shift. Our charge nurse provides a welcoming and comfortable environment. Another example, is our nursing director makes sure he approves our self schedules due to making us happy and he stated that by granting our wishes will assist in promoting our health and rest. “To be advocates and practice social justice, nurses must be armed with the knowledge and values that empower them to voice concerns and contribute to positive changes in their immediate environment” (Thomas, 2018).

” Nurses are increasingly positioned to advocate more effectively than ever before not only for patients, but also for themselves and the nursing profession” (Tomajan, nd). Advocating for employees and colleagues can positively affect patient care and outcomes if the nurse him or herself feels they have the support from the leader. This allows for any issue to be brought up to the leader and it can be addressed and dealt with. When an individual does not have the support, they may not feel motivated to go to work, may increase the risk for medication errors, and their work ethic may be poor.

 

 

References:

Thomas, J, S. (2018). Organizational culture and values. In Grand Canyon University (Eds.), Nursing leadership & management: Leading and serving. https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs451vn/nursing-leadership-and-management-leading-and-serving/v1.1/#/chapter/4

 

Tomajan, K. (n.d.). Advocating for Nurses and Nursing. Advocating for nurses and nursing. from https://ojin.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-17-2012/No1-Jan-2012/Advocating-for-Nurses.html

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