Topic 1: Leadership style and nursing in practice.
Nursing leaders must always strive to become great leaders. One important part of that effort is choosing a leadership style appropriate for each situation. Yodee Wise (2015) states that there are three types of leadership style nurses could use to lead their patients. The leader that makes the final decisions, and expects their subordinates to follow them, is known as autocratic leadership. However democratic leadership allows for participation by all members of the team and encourages collaboration. The goal of transformational leadership is to inspire and motivate others in order for them to reach a shared vision. There are many leadership styles that nurses can employ depending on the situation and how they interact with others.
Topic 2: How can nurses integrate culturally competent care into their leadership roles?
Quality care requires cultural competency. Nurses play an integral role in providing care that is appropriate for patients’ needs. The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines cultural competence as “the ability to understand and respect people of diverse cultures.” Nurses can incorporate culturally competent care in their leadership role by taking the time to understand their patients’ cultural backgrounds and beliefs, and incorporating this knowledge into their care plans. It can be as simple as ensuring the patient feels comfortable speaking in the same gender language that the nurse is using, or hiring a translator to help them understand the situation. Nurses can also work with their colleagues to promote diversity and inclusion.
Yodee Wise (2015). Nursing leadership and management. (6th Ed). American Nurses Association. (n.d.). Cultural Competence.