Applying Nursing Theory to Guide Leadership Essay

2078 Words Sep 1st, 2013 9 Pages
Applying Nursing Theory to Guide Leadership

Nurse leaders are faced with issues or problems on a daily basis that are often expected and sometimes unexpected. It “comes with the territory” so to speak. If there were no issues to solve or hurdles to overcome the necessity of designating a leader would not seem quite as important. Nurse leaders can tackle issues that occur in their work environment using nursing theory to guide them. Nursing theory provides a framework that nurse leaders can use to implement interventions or changes to positively impact the staff they lead. This framework of the theory will set the standards for achieving the desired outcomes and is based on knowledge that is gleaned from practice and/or research.
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The case loads from these RNs had to be covered by the remaining staff. Staff started working even longer hours (twelve to sixteen hours) on several days weekly. Staff felt like they did not have the opportunity to provide care that was quality and meaningful. They were not able to use the knowledge and skills they acquired to make an impact on another’s health status as they thought would be. The job became more of completing assigned tasks rather than using nursing knowledge and judgment. According to Chan (2009) “When nurses perceive a lack of autonomy in their job, this is a leading cause of job dissatisfaction for nurses and a major factor when deciding to leave the job” (p. 21). Instead of providing the care they thought they would be providing, they were reigning in members to a program with the promise of improved health while they felt their own health was being neglected or jeopardized due to added stress, no time for breaks or guaranteed family time. Corporate compliance was called anonymously with complaints of working conditions and a state wide meeting was held with the RN case managers to gather information. Staff was assured that their concerns were being heard and efforts would be made to improve the current state of affairs.
Nurse retention for this company is of utmost importance for multiple reasons. According to Forest and Kleiner (2011) replacing an RN can cost as much
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