Addressing Leadership Challenges
Chunta, Kristy S.
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Session presented on Saturday, July 25, 2015: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The future of nursing: Leading change, advance health has recommended the following changes to improve health care quality: 1) fostering professional collaboration of the healthcare team, 2) increasing the percentage of nurses with baccalaureate degree, 3) doubling the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020, and 4) advocating nursing leadership at every level of the profession (IOM, 2010). This call for leadership exists across a variety of health care settings including clinical practice, education, and administration. Nurse leaders struggle with continuous uncertainty, change, and chaos (Grossman & Valiga, 2013) regardless of their practice setting. Many of their daily challenges often surround concepts such as values, integrity, failure, attitude, adversity, and criticism. Nurse leaders need to understand how these principles influence their professional role and decision making process, and make appropriate decisions to foster positive outcomes. This presentation will discuss common challenges in nursing leadership. Evidence-based principles that can be incorporated into daily activities to promote leadership success will be shared. The presentation will focus on assisting nurse leaders to use reflection and deliberative practice to make the right character, action, and investment choices to be successful in their personal and professional roles.