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Reflective Journal Week Three

  1. It was really interesting to learn and understand what actually goes into making the decision to hire someone. One thing I was particularly interested in thinking about was the fact that some turnover can be a good thing. When we discussed the reasons why turnover could be a good thing it made a lot of sense, that there would be new ideas on the unit, newer nurses probably get paid less, etc., but it was still something I hadn’t thought about before. I also enjoyed learning about how much time really should go into preparing to conduct interviews. It really made sense to me that the more prepared you are, the more you will be able to conduct objective interviews and give all the candidates a fair chance. It would also stop you from getting into a situation where you are asking illegal questions and causing a lot of trouble. Learning about that helped me understand things like why IHC is trying out video interviews with the exact same questions for everyone, because it does make it a little fairer, at least for the first round.
  2. I enjoyed trying to come up with questions to ask someone who does hiring because it gave me a chance to think about what I would like to know from them about hiring. For example, since we talked about how important preparation is, I’m interested to talk to someone and see how they really prepare for an interview, and how much work goes into it. Also, thinking about two different candidates for a job and trying to decide which one I would hire made me realize that when hiring there are many different factors to consider, and one candidate will not necessarily be the obvious best choice for the job. We seemed to come to a consensus really easily for our team exercise on the subject, but I could see pros and cons to each candidate even so, which made me realize that in a real situation it could be much more complicated.
  3. This information could be useful to me later in my career if I am ever in a management position where I need to hire people. I will understand better how to prepare for an interview and what kinds of things to think about and look for in people. Also, if the facility I am working at decides to do group interviews and I got a chance to sit in on interviews it will be good for me to know what kinds of questions are appropriate or inappropriate for me to ask so I won’t make any mistakes that could harm the facility legally. I think it may even be useful to me in the future when I need to interview for other jobs, because I will understand more about the process and how to work with it, as well as what information I am not required to tell them.
  4. I found this unit very interesting, especially the portion about how to prepare for interviewing someone and how to conduct interviews in a more subjective manner. I feel more prepared to be interviewed, and potentially even to participate in conducting interviews one day. I’m excited to conduct our hiring interview and better understand the process of someone who conducts interviews and to continue learning how this process works. I don’t feel like the last interview I had was conducted in a very professional way, or at least like the person was very prepared to conduct it, so I am curious to know if at other places more preparation goes into this or if most places don’t really have much interview preparation.
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Reflective Journal One

 

  1. I learned a lot from this unit about what a leader actually is. I always think of a leader as someone who motivates others to be able to reach certain goals that the team wants to meet, and that was definitely reinforced from this unit. One thing I really appreciated learning about was how leaders need to be loyal to their team and not just expect loyalty from the team. That was obvious from watching Ender’s game and seeing how Ender motivated his team to be truly successful because he was loyal and took care of them as opposed to Bonzo whose team followed him but was not really successful and didn’t stick with him in the end. I also really liked learning and thinking about how my personality type might make it more difficult for me to be an outspoken, loudly motivation leader, but that I could still have my own unique leadership type by learning to set a good example for my team and showing them that I care about their opinions.
  2. In our team discussion we talked about how many different kinds of leaders there could be, and how even people who were bad people, like Hitler, could still be considered to be good leaders because they motivated people to action successfully. However, our group discussion really made me think about how someone like Martin Luther King Jr. who had a clear goal in mind and the ability to voice that goal in a way that would motivate people to action is really the best kind of leader. It was interesting to think about how all of those people on the list could sort of be considered leaders, but why we all tended to agree on the one person as someone we would all consider a good leader and made me think about how I could work on imitating those qualities of his with people I am trying to lead.
  3. Although I do not work in a leadership role, I do supervise CNAs and work with others who sometimes seem to need a leader. I plan to use this information to think about how I can have a clear goal for my working, perhaps being patient with our patient’s or showing compassion by listening, and then model that sort of behavior to those I am working with. We have some CNAs who struggle with showing patience, so I would like to lead them in a direction of being more compassionate and patient. By modeling that sort of behavior and then talking with them to see how they feel about it, maybe I can encourage and motivate change and lead them in that direction without using a more autocratic form of leadership.
  4. I enjoyed learning about what a good leader is, and how that is different from a manager. It made me realize that we can all be leaders, even if we are not technically in leadership roles, and how in different places and at different points everyone will have a chance to lead. I realize that it is important for me to think about my strengths and weaknesses with regards to leading and to begin to think about how I can use these to make a difference. Also, reading about how complex the interactions between systems is makes me realize that leadership is changing and becoming more complex, so learning to have good relationships with my colleagues becomes even more important. I also feel like I need to work on being a little bit more outspoken so that I can work to motivate others around me, and I would like to add that to a list of strengths I have instead of being one of my weaknesses. If I am clear about my values, then I shouldn’t be afraid to share them with others and try to lead them in a good direction.
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Characteristics of Leaders

  1. Leadership requires personal mastery- to be a leader a nurse must be competent at the tasks they are assigned to do. One way their competency is tested is by an exam that must be taken before they are licensed to practice that tests their knowledge and nursing judgement (Kaplan, n.d.)
  2. Leadership is about values- Nurses have to have strong personal values to be leaders so that they clearly demonstrate the behavior they expect from their team. Core nursing values that should be demonstrated include caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence (NLN, 2020)
  3. Leadership is about service- Nurses serve the communities they work and live in to provide the highest quality of care for their patients and promote health in the community. Their commitment to service can motivate others to do the same and can build stronger teams that are willing to follow (Wood, 2016).
  4. Leadership is about people and relationships- If a team is going to reach a goal, the whole team must be committed to the goal and feel valuable in reaching it. In nursing, having ways for the team to give each other input and get to know each other can build team relationships and commitments to reaching a goal, and nurse leaders can provide a space for their team to do this (Filion, 2016).
  5. Leadership is contextual- The style a nurse will lead in depends on the context, as well as the person who is taking the leadership role. Collaboration is required with many different people and teams, so leadership cannot just be giving orders but must be more flexible and willing to change depending on who is working together (Institute of Medicine, 2011).
  6. Leadership is about the management of meaning- Leaders have to give meaning to the tasks they expect their team to do. In a similar fashion to how they have to help their team build relationships in order to expect them to work together, nurse leaders need to emphasize their goal, why it is the goal, and make sure the team is committed to it so that the goal is reached (Filion, 2016).
  7. Leadership is about balance- If leaders expect too little from their team nothing will get accomplished, however, if they expect too much their team can get burnt out. In nursing, our goals are vital to reach because they affect our patients’ lives, however the nursing leader must still be balanced. It is importance for the nurse leader not to micromanage and to understand when his team needs help and understanding instead of firmness to promote good care of the people in the team (Levy, n.d.).
  8. Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement- A nurse must already be competent at the tasks they are assigned to do, however, best practice and new ideas are continually changing and evolving. To be a leader, a nurse must be aware of these changes and contribute to a culture of excellence by learning and growing (NLN, 2020).
  9. Leadership is about effective decision making- Nurse leaders must be able to make effective decisions quickly in order to respond to quickly changing situations. For example, nurses in hospitals must be able to make decisions to quickly respond to a patient who is deteriorating and to get the team to respond, also community nurses have to recognize possible emergency situations and make the decisions about how to respond and who to involve (Institute of Medicine, 2011).
  10. Leadership is a political process- Nurses as leaders have to interact with more than just their team, they also have to interact with physicians and other departments which makes it a political process. Nurses have to learn to work with diplomacy with other departments as well as within themselves to build mutual respect (Institute of Medicine, 2011).
  11. Leadership is about modeling- Nurses who are leaders need to model the kind of behavior they expect from their team. For example, nurse leaders need to model care and integrity both toward their patients and toward their team members to create a culture of those values and lead their team toward it (NLN, 2020).
  12. Leadership is about integrity- Integrity means respecting each individual as a human being and treating them with dignity no matter who they are. Nurses show integrity as leaders by openly communicating with their team and listening to their team (NLN, 2020).
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DISC Personality Test

When I took the DISC personality test I was about evenly split between steady and conscientious with almost no checks for dominant or influential. According to the results page this means that I would tend to be supportive, loyal, a good listener, and also precise, accommodating, and systematic. When I was reading the results, I wasn’t surprised at all because I know that the way I tend to work is in a very organized and systematic way, but I also like to accommodate others in the groups I’ve worked with. I also know that I tend to try to avoid conflict by listening to others and trying to accommodate their feelings, sometimes at the expense of doing things the way I would want to do them if I were working alone. I’ve been described jokingly as a “push-over” because I like to go along with and support whomever is taking the lead without pushing to have my way, but I do feel that if something is really important I stick to my standards and in that way, I think I am loyal to myself and the standards of whatever organization I am working with. I think that this personality type might make it more difficult for me to be a leader in the way I normally think of leaders as being charismatic, motivational, and outspoken, however, I think there are still some ways that I could lead. I think that my leadership style would have to be more democratic because I would want to listen to others and take their opinions into account in order to avoid conflict. I think that leading by example would need to be a large part of my leadership style, by showing the people I am leading the kind of organized and precise work I expect from them and that I am also willing and able to do that kind of work. The knowledge from this test can be useful to me just to remind me what my strengths and weaknesses might be as a leader. I can see from this test that I might have a hard time speaking up and being clear about what our goals need to be and telling people what they have to do to meet those goals, so I will need to work on improving at that. I can also see though that my tendency to listen to people and accommodate them might be a way that I can encourage those I am leading by letting them know that I care about their opinions and want to work with them. I think that realizing these things about my personality will help me know how to work with my strengths and weaknesses while leading so I don’t get frustrated trying to be something I’m not.

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Introduction

My name is Eden and I am a nursing student at UVU in my last semester of the bachelor’s program. I am currently working as a registered nurse at Stonehenge in Springville and I really love my job. I find it very rewarding to work with an older population and I love getting to hear their stories and talk to them. It has also been very rewarding to learn to work as a team with my workmates and to learn how to appropriately supervise and delegate tasks, although that has also been difficult. This blog was made as a reflective journal for my nursing leadership class in the bachelor’s program. The purpose of this reflective journal is to allow me to think about and work through what I am learning in the class while putting it on paper. Writing down my feelings and thoughts about what I am learning will help me to apply it better in my practice, and hopefully will better prepare me to act as a leader in situations where it is necessary or even possibly take on a leadership role in the future. I look forward to seeing where this class will take me!