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. 

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