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All Nurses Are Leaders

All Nurses Are Leaders

Laura Wisniewski, RN. BS, CIC

Do you consider yourself to be a leader? The definitions of the words leader and manager are often confused. Traditional managers have assigned roles and titles within an organization, as they carry out specific functions, duties and responsibilities. Managers exert control over decision making and obtaining results as they direct both the willing and unwilling.

In contrast, leaders do not necessarily have any delegated authority. A leader excels at interpersonal relationships and inspires willing followers. They function within a variety of formal and informal roles. Leaders are creative and innovative; utilizing their personal influence to empower others and challenging the status quo.

The following article employs the letters in the word LEADERSHIP as an acronym to outline the ten learnable characteristics of all nurses as leaders:

1. LIFE-LONG LEARNER

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

Preparing to become a nurse begins long before the first day of nursing school. Acceptance into nursing school requires achieving superior grades in a wide variety of subjects. Once in nursing school, students are challenged by rigorous academic and clinical workloads. Successfully passing the nursing state board exam, clinical specialization and advanced certifications require additional hours of study. Throughout their careers nurses must continuously learn, unlearn and re-learn to keep up with changes in health care delivery, technology and evidence-based practice.

2. EMPATHETIC

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

Empathy is the capacity to recognize or understand another’s state of mind or emotion. It is characterized as the ability to put your self into someone else’s shoes. Empathy is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to effectively perceive, express, and understand your emotions and the emotions of others. The competencies of emotional intelligence include self- awareness, self- management, social awareness and relationship management.

3. ADVOCATE

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another person. Nurses have a legal and moral duty to speak and act on the behalf of their patients. There is no greater privilege or responsibility in the profession of nursing.


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    about 3 years ago

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    jimb4522

    over 3 years ago

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    I agree with you all the way on this. Nurses are definitely leaders in their field. I really respect them so much. They are hard workers and do so much good. Eyeglasses

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    trinimom

    almost 5 years ago

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    Thank you, very inspirational. I am a new RN. and I will strive to be this type of Leader.

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    ypeabbles

    over 5 years ago

    32 comments

    Excellent article. It defines nursing in every aspect of characteristics and qualities. I believe it is a growing and learning process that defines the leadership qualities we achieve.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    I believe I am a leader. I always have been since I was little. I never followed. My parents always said, "be a leader not a follower". I just love nursing!

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    over 5 years ago

    As nurses with a career that has non-delineated as our we need to be constantly aware of our right, responsibilites as a profession. Our leaders need to do more to drive home this fact that we are a licensed profession and that we need to be more visible and taken more seriously as the economy continue to spiral downwards and nurses are forced to do more with less.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Awesome article. I would recommend it as a part of any nurses' " I love me file"

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    lisaj1979

    over 5 years ago

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    This is an awesome article and makes me feel reassured that I will someday reach that point of authority. I am only a student nurse right now but I feel confident that the nursing program is preping me to become such a leader

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    raxz_20

    over 5 years ago

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    well defined huh! i love it! thats the reason y i love 2 become a nurse!!!b hehehe...

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    buddylove

    over 5 years ago

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    WELL WRITTEN

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    Laserian

    over 5 years ago

    20 comments

    Nice one ! Reminding, Re-orientating, Refreshing and Encouraging! Laserian, RN, RPN.

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