Reflective Analysis : The Nursing Profession Of Relationships With Patients, Colleagues, And The Multidisciplinary Team

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Final Exam – Reflective Analysis Richard Groodoyal NURS – 3004 Trent University Dr. Mary-Kate Garrity December 10, 2014 Nursing is a profession of relationships; relationships with patients, colleagues and the multidisciplinary team. Without effective leadership these relationships can devolve into arguments and conflict. Effective leadership is a critical aspect to the success of these relationships as it contributes to the empowerment and self-efficacy on the practice behaviors of those they work with (Manojlovich, 2005), they impact unit performance, efficiency and culture positively (Downey, Parslow, & Smart, 2011). A leader is simply a person who possesses the ability to influence and inspire others, support…show more content…
This was due to what I feel was a power imbalance and a bit intimidation that I felt because both these nurse had strong personalities. I fell that my inability to communicate effectively affected my ability to advocate for my patient and collaborate with the nursing staff efficaciously. Therefore in this reflection I will explore the effects of communication on leadership, advocacy and how I can develop my communication skills improve my professional practice and thus become an effective leader. Communication is fundamental aspect of an effective nursing leader. This is especially true for the transformational leader, who communicate their visions, motivate and inspire their followers (Hutchinson & Jackson, 2013). However if they are lacking in their ability to communicate clearly and effectively they will fail to share their vision, be unable to motivate and inspire their followers and ultimately be unsuccessful in leading the group (Robbins & Davidhizar, 2007). The ability to convey ones’ thoughts is only one aspect of communication, on the flip side to have effective communication it must be an open system, where all parties are able to express their ideas. This means that leaders must both be able to convey their ideas and receive and understand what is being expressed to them through was it being said and through non-verbal cues such as body
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