Nursing leadership is vital not only to the long-term credibility of the nursing practice, but to achieving good patient and client care. Research shows that effective, supportive nurse managers not only have better recruitment and retention rates at the place where they work, but improved patient outcomes.
Effective nursing leadership is important in all nursing roles, whether you’re practising in the field of education developing future leaders, a researcher who mentors new researchers, an administrator who provides support and guidance to staff, a practitioner who provides exemplary care and shares professional knowledge or someone who provides direction and support to practice through policy development.
For new graduates…nursing leadership may mean learning how to effectively delegate and supervise others.
For experienced nurses…nursing leadership includes precepting, mentoring, administrative duties, being “in-charge” and other professional activities.
There are five transformational leadership practices, briefly outline below. Learn all you need to know about being an effective nursing leader with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s best practice guideline “Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership.”
Five transformational leadership practices
Here are some additional tools you can use to enhance your nursing leaderships, make stronger decisions and promote the success of your organization and your career.
This 12- to 20-week program (a total of 450 hours) is designed to provide an extensive mentoring experience for a registered nurse (RN) wishing to increase clinical, leadership or guideline implementation skills. Funding is provided by the Government of Ontario and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, as well as through financial support by the organization where the RN is employed.
Nursing in Northern Ontario? You may qualify for increased funding.
Check out the Advanced Clinical/Practice Fellowships (ACPF) for more information.
This two-year program aims to ensure superior management decisions by Canadian health-care executives are informed by evidence. It is managed by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.
Learn more at Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF).