Nurse Management And Legal Responsibilities

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Nurse Management and Legal Responsibilities
Health care has changed vastly over the years with advancements in all areas. Nurse management positions specifically must continue to evolve, and adapt to maintain the most efficient and safe care necessary. With areas of extreme growth, comes the increased responsibility to be aware and implement all legal considerations. The decisions and actions nurse managers make affect patients, themselves, and the entire health care system. Nursing is no longer considered the care of patients through orders of other health disciplines, but rather individual practices, which have the autonomy to make decisions through their scope of practice. Nurses are responsible for knowledge of the correct and most
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Leadership traits and abilities can be observed in all positions of nursing, not just management positions. Leaders encompass the ability to interpret the environment in an unplanned situation, improvise, inspire coping, thriving, and inspire a vision for the future, even during challenging times (Bleich, & Kist, 2015). In an environment such as nursing with constant unknown and potential for havoc and emergency, leaders are more important than ever. Gardner, an expert in leading, recognized the tasks of leadership as envisioning goals, affirming values, motivating, managing, achieving workable unity, developing trust, explaining, serving as a symbol, representing the group, and renewing (Bleich, & Kist, 2015). All of these traits are important for people in management positions, but any staff member has the ability to express the traits of a leader. One author explained the importance of leadership in nursing, stating, “A healthy work environment cannot occur without nurse leaders who support its importance, authentically live it, and engage others in its achievement” (Sherman, & Pross, 2010, para. 6). Evidence has shown effective leadership can positively change an institution creating higher staff satisfaction, better employee retention, which will lead to better outcomes for patients, and higher organization performance (Sherman, & Pross, 2010). In order for an organization to effectively
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