Empowerment Of The Nursing Staff

866 Words Aug 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Empowerment According to Hellriegel and Slocum (as cited in Blais & Hayes, 2011) empowerment is described as a form of responsibility handed down from a leader to a team / individual, which allows one to be a part of the decision-making process. For example, when the healthcare facility began to experience an increase in-house pressure ulcers, management empowered the nursing staff to create a proposal to address the issue. Personally, I suggested initiating a turn schedule for physically dependent patients. The schedule promotes appropriate turning and provides measurable accountability. In this case, empowerment of the nursing staff led to potentially improving a substantial issue. Empowerment is one of many leadership characteristics utilized in nursing. When nurses are empowered, they tend to gain a sense of ability, accomplishment, and self-worth; their input is perceived as a vital component. Empowered nurses lead to engaged employees and equate to a positive result.

Intuition Hellriegel and Slocum (as cited in Blais & Hayes, 2011) explains intuition is a form of instinct that guides decision making without the utilization of extensive consideration and often relies heavily on a “gut” feeling based on one’s surroundings (Hellriegel and Slocum as cited in Blais & Hayes, 2011). In the acute-care setting, intuition is a key aspect of nursing practice and can affect a patient’s outcome. For example, I once cared for an elderly male patient who appeared very anxious yet…
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