Management and Leadership in Nursing and Health Care: An Experiential Approach

Management and Leadership in Nursing and Health Care: An Experiential Approach

Management and Leadership in Nursing and Health Care: An Experiential Approach

Management and Leadership in Nursing and Health Care: An Experiential Approach

Synopsis

"This book presents the basics of leadership and management for nurses - what is essential in order to effectively motivate and educate individuals to achieve the set goals of a group, team, or organization in health care. The basic components of management and leadership theory are described, such as effective communication, analyzing a problem, conflict resolution, and time management. Extensive simulation exercises provide an opportunity to observe, experience, and carry out new behaviors in a safe environment. The book and exercises are designed for use in both self-learning and classroom environments." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Management and leadership in health care involve an individual's efforts to influence the behavior of others in providing direct, individualized, professional care. The basic premise of management is that managers set goals that represent some level of growth for a particular group in a particular environment. Managers then develop strategies for reaching these goals. Results are evaluated and altered or new directions or adjustments are set. There is no value of good or bad in the actual state of the group, the group's goals, or the outcomes. Managers simply design strategies for moving groups of personnel to more efficient and higher quality levels of functioning—all to benefit the team or the organization. The most important point is the process of constantly developing strategies that result in identifiable, effective, and positive growth toward a previously set goal. In conducting these processes, managers plan, organize, motivate, and control the work of other allied health care personnel in the delivery of professional nursing care.

The processes of management and leadership are based on a scientific approach called the problem-solving method. The function of this scientific method is to increase the probability of success for a manager's actions, given the particulars of a unique environment. In a typical health care environment, there are staff members, clients, managers, situational variables such as policies and norms, and material resources; these are unique since it would be impossible to find this exact environment in another place and time. The goal of the manager is to identify the environment's resources and to put them to work as a whole system in accomplishing goals and facilitating growth—the intent is to unify the team and to direct energy toward goal accomplishment. Use of the scientific method in management simply assists the manager in assessing many needs of the system and in choosing the priorities, identifying . . .

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