Leadership as a New Nurse
Sally Jones is a 36-year-old new registered nurse (RN) who graduated 6 months ago from a community college with an associate degree in nursing. Sally worked her way through school as a licensed practical nurse in a pediatric unit of a local hospital.
After passing her RN exams, she moved to a larger city and was hired to work the evening shift on the pediatric unit as a primary care nurse. Her patient load is usually six pediatric patients, and she has a nursing assistant working under her supervision.
Sally has been bothered recently by discrepancies regarding the credits of intravenous (IV) solutions given in handoff report. For example, she was told at report yesterday that 150 mL remained in one patient’s bag of IV solution, but upon making initial patient rounds, she found the IV machine beeping and had to hurriedly replace the bag.
At the previous hospital where she had worked, it was a unit policy that all pediatric patients have their IV solutions observed by both oncoming and outgoing primary nurse at shift change so such discrepancies could be discovered and corrected prior to departure of the outgoing shift. She feels this was a good policy and would like to see a similar policy implemented at her new place of employment.
If you were Sally, what would you do in this situation? Answer the following questions to help decide what to do.
Choosing a Leadership Style Paper
You are a team leader with one licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse (LPN/LVN) and one nursing assistant on your team. You also share the unit clerical person with two other team leaders and the charge nurse.
You have found the LPN/LVN to be a seasoned team member and very reliable. The nursing assistant is young and very new and seems a bit disorganized but is a very willing team member.
At various times, you will be directing these three individuals during your workday, that is, asking them to do things, supervising their work, and so on.
What leadership style (authoritative, democratic, or laissez-faire) should you use with each person or would it be the same with all three? Would you be justified in using only one leadership style? If an emergency occurred, would your leadership style change or remain the same? Discuss solutions to this scenario in class.