Leadership Development Smart Goals

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In health care today nurses are confronted with the challenge of leading a variety of people; whether it is patients, families, co-workers or communities; the need for leadership and organizational skills are in demand more now than ever. The goal of this paper is to further discuss the purpose of my leadership development plan utilizing professionals, peer-reviewed articles, and credible websites that pertain to each of my SMART goals. The SMART goal topics that I have chosen are to improve upon my communication skills and to decrease the length of stay of clients with congested heart failure. Communication is a major component in delivering optimal care to our clients; as well as providing a cohesive and organized workplace. There …show more content…
“Clear communication strategies that are mutually understandable are critical for optimal outcomes” (Milligan,Gilroy, Katz, Rodan, & Subramanian, 1999) in (Grover, 2005). The proper communication skills can improve our daily work environment, as it is often those unintended misunderstandings that create conflict. Striving to use good communication skills with the people I encounter every day will benefit my professional relationships with co-workers and patients.
The Joint Commission states “A hospital is the most complex healthcare setting in which these three groups of leaders must collaborate in order to successfully lead the organization”, and suggest that the staff to have a set of bylaws and rules and regulation enabling collaboration.
Effective communication is now a right to patients. The Joint Commission has revised the Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual (RI) to “address the patient’s right to receive information in a manner he or she understands”. The Joint Commission suggests that each hospital set self-assessment guidelines addressing “what attempts have been made to support communication and observing patient care units to determine how patients’ needs are supported”. Recommendations from the Joint Commission suggest that hospitals support the patient’s ability to understand and act on health information. I interviewed Karen Rodgers, a nurse educator, and she states that “effective communication is essential in

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