Building a Personal Framework
I have spent most of career practicing nursing in the surgical setting. I was a staff nurse on an orthopedic surgical unit for the first two and a half years after graduating from an associate’s degree nursing program. I then went back to my home of the Operating Room (OR), previously working as an OR Assistant prior to going to nursing school. I joined the cardiovascular team in the OR during my orientation period and absolutely loved it. Four years later I began my journey in nursing leadership. My first leadership position was the supervisor of an operating room, and was promoted to a nurse manager a few years later. Looking back, I’m not sure how I ...view middle of the document...
Seeing their accomplishments and knowing I made a positive impact in their journey is very rewarding and is what has kept me in nursing leadership.
I will be exploring my personal values, beliefs, and nursing philosophy in regards to my nursing practice and leadership style. I will describe Laurent’s Nursing Theory for Nursing Leadership and how it fits in my personal framework. I will develop a definition of the nursing meta-paradigm domain concepts, and describe how I use these concepts in my nursing practice. Lastly, I will compare and contrast the Nursing Theory for Nursing Leadership with my current leadership approach, develop a model reflecting my framework, and briefly describe application of my framework in my practice.
Nursing knowledge is built upon theories, and theories together with one’s own nursing philosophy, and disciplinary goals, are the guiding frameworks for practice (McCurry, Revell, & Roy, 2010). In general, society associates caring attributes with the discipline of nursing. The act of caring is very powerful, both for the person being cared for and the person providing the care. Leadership means to guide on a way, especially by going in advance and to direct on a course (Merriam-Webster dictionary, 2004). Leadership is one of most important integral elements of nursing but is often overlooked or mistaken for management. Nurses are required to make decisions, provide direction, and lead the way in healthcare. As nurses, it’s our responsibility to make sure nurses have the ability to be leaders by being effective leaders ourselves. In addition to being caring leaders, nurses should have a lifelong commitment to continuing education, teaching, and mentoring new nurses.
The ethical values of beneficence, justice, and autonomy are important to me in both my nursing practice and in my personal life. Beneficence is a state of doing good and performing acts of kindness (Merriam-Webster dictionary, 2004). In my nursing practice I portray beneficence advocating for patients’ and employees’ best interests. I make decisions and lead my team with good intentions, sometimes this is a judgment call and sometimes the best choice is evident but as long as my intentions are true I’m practicing with beneficence. Merriam-Webster (2004) defines justice as the quality of being impartial or fair. I believe everyone should be treated fairly and I apply this concept in my nursing practice as well as my leadership role. I openly discuss individual patient circumstances that may influence how the patient is treated by healthcare providers. I encourage nurses to reflect on the care they’re providing and to ask themselves, “Would I be providing the same level of care if the patient’s circumstances were different?” It takes a conscious awareness of one’s own beliefs and values to identify the possibility of not being just when these beliefs and values aren’t upheld by others. Lastly, autonomy is the state of...