Running head: INTERVIEW OF HEALTH CARE LEADER
Interview of Health Care Leader
University of Phoenix
August 16, 2010
Interview of Health Care Leader
A leader is a person who has a vision (Owen, 2002). A leader has drive and is committed to achieving their goals and vision. Leaders focus their attention on problems that need to be fixed, and will tackle the situation at hand. Leaders are determined, motivated, careful planners and effective communicators. Leaders are positive and do not waste time and effort with negativity. Effective communication is more than just being able to speak and write. An effective leader's communication encourages ...view middle of the document...
G.O. is looking to assist the agency with expanding to open more offices in different areas and different states. G.O. also serves on the board for CAAN Academy, which is a new program introduced to the South Suburban schools that offers students to ability to obtain their LPN while still in high-school.
G.O. describes a leader as someone who can motivate and inspire their team to meet set objectives and constantly think outside of the box. She further explains that a leader understands that they must have the commitment and support of their team to be a true leader. A true leader leads by example and is always open to suggestions on how to improve their leadership skills.
A leader must possess certain qualities to be effective, explains G.O. A leader is honest, supportive, understanding, firm, knowledgeable, a team player; open to change, empathetic, flexible, a good listener, and one who is constantly engaged in opportunities to increase their knowledge base. G.O.’s personal philosophy of leadership is, “never forget where you come from. “As I grow in my professional career, I never forget the past. This helps me to encourage, mentor, and support future nurses and current nurses to continue to reach for the stars and if they fall to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and try again.
G.O. has encountered several learning experiences that have affected her career in one way or another. The learning experiences that have impacted her career most has been her involvement with the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. This organization has helped to build her confidence as a nursing professional and has fostered her passion and enthusiasm for community health. Serving on several committees and giving back to the community has been her best teacher. In addition, attending Saint Xavier University School of Nursing program challenged G.O. to always exceed beyond her expectations and to continuously represent "excellence in nursing practice".
Nursing is constantly evolving as a whole. As the health care industry changes and "Quality" becomes more of the focus and determinate for medical reimbursement, G.O. thinks nurses in leadership will be utilized to help institutions develop programs, such as disease management, fall reduction, and other preventive programs to help improve quality. G.O. also feels that evidence based practice nursing will become the mainstay and we (nurses) will have to justify why we do what we do. Nursing leaders will have to continue to mentor and educate themselves and new nurses. She sees the "Master's Prepared Nurse" as the front line nurse. The vast amount of knowledge and skills needed to produce and maintain quality for health care institutions. Many institutions may require nursing to change its' entry level into nursing practice from the two year degree to a six or seven year degree; the Master's in Nursing degree.
Although faced with many challenging issues, G.O. feels the most...