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All Nurses Are Leaders

All Nurses Are Leaders

Laura Wisniewski, RN. BS, CIC

8. HEROIC

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

The literal meaning of the word hero is protector, defender or guardian. To be heroic is having or displaying the character or attributes of a hero such as being extraordinarily bold, altruistic, and determined.

9. INTUITIVE

“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea.” – Jonas Salk

Intuition is insight or understanding of a situation that cannot be explained logically. It is often described as a “gut feeling”. According to nursing expert Patricia Benner, “Intuition is not the lack of knowledge; rather it is a result of “deep” knowledge.”

10. PURPOSE DRIVEN

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne

According to the American Nurses Association, “Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” It is difficult to imagine a more significant life purpose than becoming a nurse.

A Quiet Night

Katie graduated nursing school three years ago and works the night shift on a busy telemetry unit in a community hospital. Tonight is her big night…her first time in charge. She had been trained and mentored for this moment by her nurse manager John. He consistently expressed confidence in her abilities and encouraged Katie to take on new challenges. As Katie clocked in that evening, she drew a deep breath and said a silent prayer, “I hope that it will be a quiet night tonight.” While making out the patient assignments she discovered that they would be working a nurse short; which meant that she would be carrying a full patient load in addition to her charge responsibilities. However, she knew and trusted the team that she would be working with.


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    dentalimplants

    almost 2 years ago

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    Thank you, I have forwarded this onto our dental implant nurses.

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    Alysia09

    over 2 years ago

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    almost 3 years ago

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    jimb4522

    about 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

    over 4 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

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    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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    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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    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

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

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    imaima

    over 5 years ago

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    Good article! Made me remember why I became a nurse 38 years ago, and why I continue to work in the field, ever chasing a new challenge!
    Mary Cisko, RN

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