Nurse leaders are essential and make a big impact in the health care system. Leadership in nursing impact changes within the nursing practice and improve patient outcomes. A Clinical Nurse Leader or CNL is a leadership role that nurses be in the field. The American Association of Colleges (AACN) of Nursing defined a CNL as a master’s educated nurse, prepared for practice across the continuum of care within any healthcare setting.
The AACN mentioned that the Clinical Nurse Leader focuses on the following:
- Care Coordination
- Outcomes Measurement
- Transitions of Care
- Interprofessional Communication and Team Leadership
- Risk Assessment
- Implementation of Best Practices Based on Evidence
- Quality Improvement
To be effective in a leadership role, a Clinical Nurse Leader should be able to demonstrate the traits and qualities to be successful. A CNL would be successful in a democratic style of leadership. Some characteristics that democratic leaders have include competence, fairness, creativity, honesty, courage, and intelligence. They make decisions based on their morals and values, followers tend to feel inspired to take action and contribute to the group (Cherry, 2020).
Cherry, K. (2020). Is Democratic Leadership the Best Style of Leadership? Retrieved September 15, 2020, from https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-democratic-leadership-2795315
Clinical Nurse Leader. (n.d.). Retrieved September 15, 2020, from https://www.aacnnursing.org/CNL
Clinical nurse leaders are nurses who are appointed to oversee the staff of each shift. They typically hold a BSN, but in some cases do not and fill the role without the title and pay. A CL is a charge nurse and runs the unit and all of its responsibilities, they support and advocate for the nurses and staff on board that shift, they listen to the problems and complaints and do their best to fix them. “When employees feel supported and cared for, they are more likely to feel valued and have a desire to stay in their position (Mosadeghrad & Ferdosi, 2013). Just as the values and behaviors of organizations originate with its leadership, influential leaders can be relied upon for their professional responsibility and accountability (Azaare & Grosse, 2011). “ (Whitney, 20218). This is something that happens when someone feels appreciated, valued and respected.
A good leader has the above qualities and is trusted by others in times of need, support and help. A CL has roles to fill in their position and a multitude of tasks to complete all while ensuring the staff is able to complete their duties while being safe and protected. Good communication also is key and helps a leader get through to others to ensure a shift runs smoothly.
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