For nurses to effectively carry out their duties, they should not only own their responsibilities, but also provide the required leadership. Therefore, nurses in the United States should have the values and standards that are essential for providing the required leadership in nursing facilities. These values should embrace not only technological, but also demographic and economic changes that United States faces in this twenty first century. In addition to that, the leadership provided by nurses should embrace the trends in the twenty first century such as aging population, diverse community and family structures, and sociopolitical and economic changes in the United States.
For a nurse to effectively manage a given unit or a facility, he or she should have knowledge of the complex system. Having basic knowledge on duties of different players in the nursing facilities will play a pivotal role in ensuring that a nurse effectively coordinates with other team members. On top of that, nurses should be ready to embrace creativity in carrying out their duties. New change in the nursing system should be embraced so as to improve standards of health care among patients (Hood, 2014).
Moreover, nurses should have effective information management system. Skills that are fundamental in promoting effective management includes; inquiry, information literacy and analysis. It is through this information that a nurse is able to make ethical and coherent decisions in providing leadership that not only enhances advocacy and collaboration among team members of the health care, but also that promotes the standards of health provision services. Therefore, nurse should have enough knowledge on the social and cultural aspects of the communities in which the nursing unit or facility operates so as to ensure effective health care of the diverse population (Hood, 2014).
Also, the nursing professions should also have the required skills that will facilitate them to effectively work with the community in which the units or facilities exist. Nurses can also supervise services that are provided by other personnel in the community in which they operate. Different societies and communities have their own believes with regard to medication. In some cases, communities can resist certain medication that is provided to them. It is the responsibility of the nurses to ensure that they work with members of such a community and advice them on why such medication is essential and why they should appreciate it (Hood, 2014).
In order to provide high quality health care, nurses in the United States should provide the required organizational and system leadership. The decisions that they make in managing units and facilities should not only be critical, but also ethical. Such decisions should also ensure that effective working relationships between different players in the nursing unit is initiated and maintained. Nurse should also have enough knowledge on the social, political, economic and cultural aspects of the communities in which they operate operates so that they can provide effective health care to the diverse inhabitants. Therefore, nurses should have the required leadership skills so as to provide a conducive working environment and to promote the provision of high quality health care in their respective units or facilities (Patricia, 2012).
Moreover, a nurse should ensure that collaboration with other members of the health care team is initiated and upheld. Additionally, effective communication with interprofessional teams will play a vital role in promoting quality health care. In addition to that, nurses should ensure that there is an effective and working conflict resolution strategy in place to handle misunderstanding between nurses and other members of the health care system. This will in turn play a vital role in ensuring that nurses work mutually with doctors and other players in the health care system so that they can promote efficient delivery of medical services to patients (Patricia, 2012).
- Hood, L.J. (2014). Leddy & Pepper’s Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing (8th edition). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
- Patricia, K. (2012). Nursing Leadership and Management Cambridge: Harvard University Press.