Case-Discussion: Professional Nurse-leaders

Case-Discussion: Professional Nurse-leaders

Case-Discussion: Professional Nurse-leaders


Write a 3-4 page analysis that assesses your professional development needs as a nurse leader.

Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.

Interprofessional teamwork and collaboration among staff nurses and other disciplines in the health care setting are so critical to optimizing patient care safety and outcomes that they are a priority for most health care administrators, directors, and managers (p. 140).For professional nurse-leaders, effective communication skills are essential for interprofessional teamwork and collaboration. Kelly and Tazbir (2014) emphasize the importance of this interaction:

Successful leadership strategies are based on a leader’s strengths, the situation, the environment, and the stakeholders involved. Developing a plan for professional development is integral in developing leadership and management skills.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Integrate key nursing leadership, management, and communication concepts into collaborative practice situations.Differentiate between leadership and management.
Explain key nursing leadership, management, and communication concepts that facilitate collaboration and support interprofessional teams.
Describe a personal leadership and communication style.
Identify skills or areas for future professional development.
Competency 5: Communicate in manner that is consistent with the expectations of a nursing professional.Write content clearly and logically, with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
Correctly format citations and references using current APA style.
Kelly, P., & Tazbir, J. (2014). Essentials of nursing leadership and management (3rd ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.

Throughout its history, nursing has relied on ethical principles to serve as guidelines in determining patient care (Kelly & Tazbir, 2014, p. 395). Health care leaders have the responsibility to create an ethically principled environment that upholds the professional standards. According to Kelly and Tazbir (2014), “Ethics is the branch of philosophy that concerns the distinction of right from wrong, based on a body of knowledge, not just based on opinions” (p. 395).

Kelly, P., & Tazbir, J. (2014). Essentials of nursing leadership and management (3rd ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.

Questions to consider

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community.

What are some effective strategies for communicating and resolving conflict?
What are some of the communication challenges when working with interprofessional teams?
How does the leadership style and behavior affect an organization’s culture?
What are the attributes of an effective nurse leader?
Deliverable: Develop a Professional Development Needs Assessment.


You have been promoted to Nurse Manager. As you transition into your new role, Human Resources (HR) requires you to participate in a leadership and management training workshop. The first day of the workshop involves a self-assessment of your leadership and communication style and an examination of key characteristics of an effective nursing leader, culminating in an assessment of your professional development needs. HR requires you to submit a Professional Development Needs Assessment so future training sessions are designed to meet those self-identified needs.

Use the following subheadings to organize your Professional Development Needs Assessment:

Leader and Manager: Differentiate between leadership and management.What job tasks require a manager?
What situations require a leader?
Key Concepts: Explain key nursing leadership, management, and communication concepts that facilitate collaboration and support interprofessional teams.
Explain how key nursing leadership, management, and communication concepts facilitate collaboration with interprofessional teams.
Leadership Self-Assessment: Describe your personal leadership and communication style.Explain the strengths of your style that make an effective leader.
Skill Development: Identify skills or areas for future professional development.What training do you need to be a successful leader in your new position?
Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
Length: The plan should be 3–4 pages in content length, double-spaced.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Number of resources: Use a minimum of three peer-reviewed resources.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.