All Nurses Are Leaders
Laura Wisniewski, RN. BS, CIC
4. DECISIVE“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Critical thinking is non-linear thinking, recognizing potential consequences and preparing for various outcomes. Critical thinkers have the ability to prioritize, problem-solve, utilize available resources, collaborate, and ultimately decide on a course of action.
“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” – Booker T. Washington
Nurses often hear the comment from others, “I could never do what you do.” The U.S. Department of Labor identifies eight universal job skills. Most occupations require four or less of these skills. Nursing requires all eight skills which include: leadership/ persuasion, problem solving, teamwork, manual dexterity, instructing others, intuition, frequent public contact and physical stamina.
“There are three constants in life; change, choice and principles.” – Stephen R. Covey
All industries, including health care are experiencing unprecedented rapid “white water” change. Change now occurs faster in a year than previously during a decade. How can nurses keep up with this pace while remaining both safe and relevant? As nurses follow their personal and professional guiding principles they will effectively choose, what must change and what must not change in nursing.
7. SUPPORTIVE“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Nurses depend on the support of other nurses. This support is demonstrated through teamwork, mentoring and the deeper bonds of friendship. These unique relationships are forged through shared experiences, successes and overcoming challenges.