Reflective Journal Wk 5


1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I feel like this unit focused on supervision. It put us into the perspective of “If I was their supervisor, how would I handle this situation? What actions need to be done?”. It made me have questions about leadership and delegation. How should employees be reprimanded? How would you evaluate an employee? 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I thought listening to others perspective on leadership, they felt as though failure to not live up to job expectations warranted termination without warning. They felt as though excuses were not tolerable, no matter the situation. This was definitely against what I had thought and had given me a new perspective on the topic. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I need to be more strict as a leader, not so tolerable to life’s extenuating circumstances. If I am too flexible, employees will take advantage and not fulfill their job expectations/ requirements. There is a balance between being a harsh and understanding leader. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel like this unit was an important one to talk about and I learned a lot from the team activities and individual ones. 


Reflective Journal Wk 4

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned about being personable, hard working and positive in the workplace. I learned that team work often involves compromise and humility. During the team work activities this week, I learned to set aside my own agenda and compromised with my team about various ideas. During the discussion, we explored different view points and ideas. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

Yes, especially during the team activities. We talked about what supplies would be necessary and who would be most valuable in a survival situation. My mind was changed multiple times during the activities. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will always try to be a team player. At the beginning of the course, Sean discussed the importance of working on a team. You have to compromise and listen to others’ ideas and opinions and decide on the best decision for all involved. I will incorporate this into my nursing practice by always being humble enough to listen to everyone else. 

I personally felt like this section was a very important one that brought to light the significance of being personable and working on a team. 

Hiring Interview

This interview was conducted with Jana Monson, owner of Creative Arts Academy. She has hired over 75 employees over the past 15 years. 


  1. What are some characteristics you feel you look for in a new employee? “The first thing I look for is a friendly, flexible, cooperative and approachable person. Someone who can listen, speak well and has knowledge about their expertise. I want to hear about their background, their training and anything else that makes them qualified for the job”. 
  1. How important is previous experience when interviewing potential employees?                          It can be important, but the qualifying characteristics are much more important. If they’re approachable and willing to be taught,  we can train them on the job in their deficiences. Sometimes more experience can be hindering because they’re set in their ways and don’t want to adapt to new environments or new policy changes. 
  2. How well do you feel you can get to know a person through a job interview? “Pretty well, you can tell their personality and how personable they are throughout the interview”
  3. How long should a “good” interview typically last? “15-20 minutes”. 
  4. What qualities or characteristics would make you immediately not want to hire an individual? “If they were negative right off the back. If they talk badly about past employers, or seems to be complaining a lot about various things. I want to see that they are positive and will improve the workplace environment, not worsen it. I have enough responsibilites myself, I don’t need more anxiety and stress with a negative employee that is ruining everyone else’s attitudes”.
  5. What kind of questions should the individual being interviewed ask you? “They can ask about the workplace, history of the job, what the job entails. I want to see that they have done their research and really want the job”.  
  6. How did you feel during your first hiring experience? “I felt hopeful that they will do a good job. I also felt nervous that I wouldn’t be able to tell someone’s work ethic or personality through the interview, and I would hire the wrong candidate”.
  7. How do you prepare for a hiring interview? “Read through resume and try to get as much information as possible. Always call the references before the interview”. 
  8. How many candidates do you interview for a job? “Depends on where the need is and how desperate we are to hire.”
  9. Do you think it’s a positive when the candidate follows up after the interview? “Yes, that is a good positive. It shows that the person wants the job and is willing to make sometimes uncomfortable phone calls”.
  10. Is it okay for the person being interviewed to ask for some time to think about a question before responding? “Yes, that’s fine. I want them to have a well thought out answer and to be prepared with what they want to say. I am willing to give them the time to come up with the answer that appropriately fits their views”.
  11.  Do you look at the types of jobs they have held in the past and how they prepare them for the position? “Yes, that is important”. 
  12. How is the turnover for the position you are filling? “Not a lot of turnovers. I’ve realized over the years that if you treat your employees good, they stay and are loyal to the company”.
  13. Are there advancement opportunities with this position? “There is a lot of advancement opportunities. Depending on one’s job performance, they can be advanced to higher paying job with more responsibilities”.
  14. How many candidates are you actually hiring? “It’s usually just one, but there can be more depending on the job specifications and the need requirement”. 

What I learned from this interview is that being personable and a hard worker are more important than your experience. Someone can be trained in skills and abilities, but teaching a work ethic, determination and a positive attitude are not as easily taught. It is important for me to have a good attitude while in the workplace and be a very hard worker. 

Reflective Journal Week 3

  1. From this week’s lesson, I learned how important it is to be a team player. We talked about what qualities are qualities you would want when hiring an employee. It made me evaluate how I am as an employee and what qualities I can better develop in clinical. 
  2. From the team activities, I learned how valuable it is to be personable. In our discussion, most of the team members agreed that it is more important to be an agreement, conflicting avoiding, and dedicated worker. It doesn’t matter so much about experience and credentials, rather it’s about people being easy to work with and dedicated to their job. I learned that if anyone in our group was to hire someone for a job, they would look at how they interact with people and in a group setting. This was mostly in agreement with my previous beliefs. I would much rather work with someone that is positive and a hard worker than someone with more experience. 
  3. With this information, I will assess my performance in clinical and make sure I am the kind of employee that I would want to hire. I will make sure that I am always positive, hard working and easy to get along with. I will avoid conflict and communicate effectively. 
  4. I feel like it is important to be reminded about this topic. We need to think of what qualities interviewers are looking for, not only during the interview, but when performing at the job. I need to work on always being positive and optimistic, even when work days are hard. 

Reflective Journal Week 2

  1. My husband loves to watch this football show on Netflix called “Last Chance U”. The coach on the show is an extremely vulgar, volatile, and abrupt coach. He swears every other word, he throws objects when he’s mad, and is always yelling. There is no respect between him and the players and vice versa. While watching the show, it reminded me a lot of what I learned this week. I learned the qualities which are admirable in a leader and which ones are not. I wish I could’ve taught this coach that respect is essential in leadership, rather than intimidation and humiliation. He could build strong relationships with his players, rather than them hating the coach and not wanting to play well for his sake. 
  2. The big thing that my group discussed during the group activity was that having large masses of followers and having a big influence on history does not make you a good leader. You may have good leadership qualities, but in order to be a good leader you must be benevolent and want the best for those who follow you. 
  3. As a leader, I will want to respect every individual I am in charge of. I will want them to respect me as well. As a nurse, I will be respectful and mindful for every patient I have, and everyone in the workplace will have a voice while I am leading. I will listen to each individual’s input to better our work. 
  4. I loved watching Ender’s game. It really made me think about what good and bad leaders I’ve seen since working. I’ve had great teachers and leaders who want me to succeed. I’ve also had selfish leaders who don’t want to see me succeed because it would make them look worse. 

The DISC Personality Test Assignment

a. The results of the DISC Personality Test say that I’m an influential person. It predicts that I am often around friends and love social contact. They are interested in people, rather than tasks. They love to feel belonged. The test also predicts that I am not good at completing tasks or being detailed in my work. 

b. These results are not a revelation to me. I struggle with completing tasks and homework without group work or interacting with people. I am not as detailed or meticulous as I wish to be. I want to be more organized and detailed in my work. 

c. My leadership style will rely on my interactions with others. I will choose leadership positions that compliment my leadership style and not rely on detail oriented work. I also will focus more on increasing my detail and checklist tasks. 

d. This test gives me the knowledge that I need to work on both my strengths and weaknesses. I need to allow myself to interact with others and allow myself to strive on social contact. However, I also need to be more meticulous with charting and tasks. 

Characteristics of Leaders

1.       Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they show competence and mastery in the tasks they perform. Nurses are deemed competent by means of a license to practice nursing (NLN 2010).

2.       Leadership is about values – The national League for Nursing teaches us the five essential core values of nursing are caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence (NLN). 

3.       Leadership is about service – Nursing is about service. Every act and service they do is to serve those around them. “They take responsibility for knowing every detail about each of their patients and are the voice of hope. Nurses are selfless in their dedication to their patients” (Mazer, 2016). 

4.       Leadership is about people and relationships –Nursing is about caring for your patients and those around you. It is an environment of caring. “Caring is a feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others; showing or having compassion” (The Free Dictionary, 2015).

5.       Leadership is contextual

“Many nursing decision-making theorists proclaim the importance of contextual elements, also commonly known as domain-specific knowledge structures” (Crow, Chase, and Lamond, 1995).

6.       Leadership is about the management of meaning – Nurses must prioritize the meaning of activities and tasks and use them in their nursing practice. 

7.       Leadership is about balance – Nurses must balance being understanding and being harsh in leadership positions. They must use judgment when dealing with conflict. 

8.       Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Nurses are encouraged to engage in concurrent education even after getting their licenses. They are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and to improve to become better nurses. 

9.       Leadership is about effective decision making – “Clinical judgment and decisionmaking is a required component of professional nursing. Expert nurses are known for their efficient and intuitive decisionmaking processes”(Muntean 2012).

10.   Leadership is a political process –  “Nurses’ policy influence is nurses’ ability in influencing decisions and affairs related to health through political knowledge, effective communication, and collaboration with other members of the health team, which results in the improvement of nurses’ job environment and increases patient outcomes”(Iran J Nurs Mid (Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2014; 19(5): 536)

11.   Leadership is about modeling – Nursing is about forming models and theories about evidence-based nursing. 

12.   Leadership is about integrity – “A culture of integrity is evident when organizational principles of open communication, ethical decision-making, and humility are encouraged, expected, and demonstrated consistently. Not only is doing the right thing simply how we do business, but our actions reveal our commitment to truth telling and to how we always see ourselves from the perspective of others in a larger community” (NLN). 

Reflective Journal #1

Hi there, my name is Erica Monson. I am a 22 year old who recently got a nursing license. I am enrolled in a Nursing Leadership course, in which this journal was created. I am going to be writing down what I learn from this class to be able to internalize the information and be able to reference this information later in my career. I will be discussing various expectations, realizations, insights and lessons I learn throughout this semester. I am excited to see what material I learn and evaluate these journals at a later time.