I occasionally get emails from young emerging nurse 铅ers who read this blog or other 文章s that I have written. Some letters are quite compelling as these young 铅ers ask for advice on dilemmas that they face in the work environment. The following is an email that I received last week –未经作者许可，未经作者重印。
我刚读完你的文章，“未来成长的护士领导者将在单位级别建立和维持健康的工作环境”。我很高兴看到我一直在说领导者需要的一切都已经印刷（并通过研究获得了越来越多的支持）！我是一个相对较新的护士，我最初是一名护士’先是助手，然后是LPN，然后是ADN，已经在医疗行业工作了14年。这些年来，我一次又一次地说，我们需要领导人“lead”例如，诚实，授权，开放，不惧怕改变，可见且公平（你能告诉我我是Xer一代吗？）向上。因此，我最终决定从内到外进行更改。我参加了我们的组织’s “Leadership Track”帮助确定对管理感兴趣的人，并帮助我们了解护士领导力的全部内容。我的大难题是，所有人“teaching me how to 铅”。我们目前的护士领导已经在我们的组织工作了30多年。每当有人提出一个主意时，反应大多是“Well that’是个好主意，但我们可以’t do that here. We’我从来没有做过那样的事情”. I want to break out of the rut we are stuck in with our 铅ership. Do you have any suggestions on how to ease them into the new way of thinking? I have said time and time again that I am sick of being a NEW generation nurse stuck in an OLD generation way of nurse thinking!
The irony of this letter is that the killing of new ideas occurred within the context of a 铅ership development course where you would hope creativity would be fostered. It is reminder for all of us who in have been in 铅ership for years to ask ourselves whether we are idea killers. Start 通过 asking yourself the following questions:
As a 铅er, you naturally have preferred ways of getting things done or solving problems BUT your way may not be the only way. It is important to give staff the accountability and responsibility to make decisions and take action without constantly having to seek your approval. Ask yourself whether you feel threatened when presented with new information.
There is much 这样可以 be learned from failure. Some initiatives don’t work but we have to be willing to let others try. As a nurse 铅er, you quickly learn that not every staff member on your team will be successful. Letting someone fail and leave with dignity can be the absolutely right thing to do in 铅ership.
4.您对新想法的回应是“that can’t be done”?
There is no greater idea killer than the phrase “that can’t be done.” Some 铅ers quickly respond to suggestions with this phrase. Even when the suggestion seems outside the bounds of what can be done in an organization – a better response would be that you are not sure it is doable but together you should investigate the possibilities.
As we move forward with healthcare reform, it is likely that some of our basic assumptions about nursing and healthcare will be tested. Yet the key to effective nursing 铅ership will be this “unlearning” of what we may have always believed and willingness to set aside some of our sacred cows. This means listening to and being open to new and different ideas. If we to be serious about nurse 铅er succession planning, we need to be open to the ideas of our emerging nurse 铅ers. .