NR 351 Best Leaders

NR 351 Best Leaders

NR 351 Best Leaders

We are well aware that leadership does not always mean management. Nurses demonstrate leadership in many different ways and in many different positions. “Nursing requires leadership, yet progress in leadership behaviors is sometimes difficult to measure” (Foli, Braswell, Kirkpatrick, & Lim, 2014, p. 81).

For this discussion, you are instructed to evaluate the leaders you have known and choose one to apply to the questions stated above in this week’s question


Foli, K. J., Braswell, M. Kirkpatrick, J., & Lim, E. (2014). Development of leadership  behaviors in undergraduate nursing students: A service-learning approach. Nursing Education Perspectives, 34(2), 76-82.

The best manager I’ve had the privilege of working with was the manager that was on 4E when I was hired at McLaren Bay Region as a nurse assistant. I felt like she always had my back and was there to help everyone be successful. She understood the struggles I had with juggling working part-time, going to nursing school full-time, and being a new mother all at the same time. She also seemed to be the fairest manager by awarding vacation to the correct people and by creating the work schedule based on people’s school schedules and seniority on the unit. According to Iorio (2012), “Real leadership is collaborative, respectful and positive. People aren’t punished for disagreeing; listening and compromise are strengths” (p. 11).

One of the best things she did for the unit was creating a contract for the employees to be nice to each other and not say anything mean about anyone else. She had the employees on the unit sign it and then re-sign it if we broke the contract. There was also punishment such as write-ups if people were caught breaking the contract. It seemed silly at first but with that small contract, she drastically changed the atmosphere on the unit. The staff seemed less spiteful and worked together with increased teamwork.

I believe I liked her the best because she had a more transformational leadership style. According to Hood (2018), a transformational leader often motivates staff by offering rewards and, “has a high level of trust, gets others to share common values and mission, shows a committed work ethic, defines reality, keeps the dream alive, examines efforts of actions, and makes adjustments as needed” (p. 446). I feel that her leadership style constantly motivates me to like her and I hope that my coworkers feel the same way about me as I do about her.



Hood, L. J. (2018). Leddy & Pepper’s professional nursing (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Iorio, P. (2012, February 6). A lesson in bad leadership. Tampa Bay Times, sec. A, p. 11. Retrieved from

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I try to draw from my own experiences with my previous manager when dealing with issues in my new unit. There is

NR 351 Best Leaders
NR 351 Best Leaders

a lot of silly conflict and cattiness in the unit I work on. I’ve called people out on it before by simply stating both sides of the argument and offering help in any way they’d like. I feel that my unwillingness to participate in the cattiness is rubbing off on people and they don’t argue about it as much around me. They also used to give me the hardest patients on the unit and I’ve made sure to fill out acuity on my patients so that the next shift doesn’t receive that load of patients too. Since confronting the issues head-on things seem to be improving. I’ve thought about presenting the contract to my current manager for him to show to the unit, but his style of management is more laissez-faire and I don’t think he’d follow through with it. If things don’t continue to improve I’ll consider showing him again.

Sounds like you had an amazing manager that really cared about her staff and took the time to get to know each one of you.  Having a great manager has the ability to influence everyone involved in positive ways and can give you confidence.  Working in a place that has a great leader helps to make work a fun  place and helps to make your fellow coworkers happy too.  Which in turn helps to make a healthy work environment.

Great leaders empower their employees and recognize when they are promoting teamwork and creating a positive atmosphere. The idea of a “contract” is wonderful in that your signature holds you accountable to follow a set standard.  In nursing there is a lot of clicks and cattiness and when a new employee enters the workplace it can be most difficult for them to assimilate.  Team work in healthcare is the essence of what we do.  We are all doing the job for a reason and we need to lift each other up so that we can build rapport with each other and know that you are supported and respected.  This in turn, allows you to provide excellent care.  Leaders can make this happen!

Isn’t it lovely to feel like the manager has your back? When I had to quit my job on a whim and move to California last week, it was amazing how supportive my manager was. She was completely understanding. I was fortunate enough to not have to work when going through my ADN program, I’m not sure how well I would have did. Great job for going through all that plus nursing school. I think that is such a good idea to sign a “nice contract.” It really makes you think before saying something negative. On the floor, if there’s one negative person, it really brings down the whole staff and the morale of the unit in general.

I know exactly how you feel when you’ve had a great manager that has your back, sees the needs of the staff and unit and creates a positive working environment for everyone. This type of environment is what makes people want to come to work with a positive attitude that provides optimal care to patients. Once you have had the opportunity to work in such a positive, team-oriented environment, it is hard to work under a different leadership style. Many times I find myself referring back to the great manager I once had at an LTAC hospital I worked at when trying to handle certain situations. It was always done in a positive and non-punitive environment. A great manager would put a stop to the cattiness and create a stress-free, positive environment that everyone wants to work in. Keep doing what you are doing to stop the cattiness and create a positive working environment in your unit and hopefully one day your manager can be empowered by you. Sounds like you are on the right path to being a great leader one day.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to work along side and be trained by one of the best CNOR’s ever!  Her name is Beth and I worked with her for 6 years in the operating room before I earned by RN.  Beth is considered my “work mom” within our department.  “She is a cross between autocratic and democratic, leading others as well as allowing them to contribute to the decisions being made”  (Hood, 2018).  She has the ability to motivate people and expects you to perform all tasks completely and correctly.  Using kindness and good explanation as well as demonstration makes her highly effective.  Her transformational style is what I most love about her.  Her “leadership empowers groups, shares vision, engenders trust, and is charismatic” (Hood, 2018).

I came across an article that discusses emotional intelligence that I believe to be closely related to leadership.  “Emotional intelligence, referred to as EQ, involves the ability to relate to and influence others.  It is the ability to influence and motivate people by being attune to their needs, effectively handling conflict, and creating an environment in which everyone can work at their best level.  Nurses and leaders in the peri-operative arena find benefits of EQ reach beyond patient care and can positively affect the workplace.  Several key attributes are found in individuals who possess a high EQ, including self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and social skills.  Self-awareness is when you take personal responsibility for your actions and view obstacles as opportunities and remain positive in the face of challenges.  Self-management skills include motivation, achievement and passion for your work with a relentless seeking of improvement and embracing of change” (Beydler, 2017).  Empathy and social skills are self-explanatory and we should be well versed in both of these .

We all posses leadership skills in one way or another.  Where do you excel in leadership?



Beydler, K. W. The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Perioperative Nursing and Leadership: Developing Skills for Improved Performance.  AORN Journal, October 2017 Vol.106. No. 4 p.317-323

Hood, L. J. Leddy and Pepper’s Professional Nursing (9th ed.).  Philadelphia, PA Wolters Kluwer