What Leadership Trait Should You Change?

International Nurses

Being a leader makes everyone focus on you. What type of person are you? Your personality and qualities show most when you are leading, the good ones and the bad. In this article, I want to look at five traits that you may want to change to improve your leadership qualities and succeed.   • The leader who rules with an iron fist Have you seen a coworker, who has been very friendly at work, get a promotion and surprises everyone by ruling with an iron fist? They become so controlling and make the work environment unbearable. Dictatorship is a […]

How to Advance from an OK Manager to a Great Manager

Nurse Managers are hired daily, and lots of nurses apply to be Nurse Managers. If you ask the staff what kind of manager they have? Many will describe their managers as OK; some will describe them as ‘terrible’ while others will call them ‘great.’ How does your staff describe you? In this article, I want to discuss how you can advance from being just OK or terrible, to great. Having worked with all sorts of managers in my nursing career; I have seen some common traits that make some managers stand out from the rest. Motivation Being a manager or […]

8 Tips on Creating a Healthy Work Environment

    When I was a young nurse in my twenties, I once worked in an environment that was truly toxic. We only worked 7-hour shifts; the work itself was not difficult because all I had to do was help recover patients after surgery. But I remember going home with a throbbing headache every day. I tried to cope as best as I could, but one day my husband told me to quit that job and trust God to bless me with a better one. I finally quit and got another job where the environment was happier and healthy. Set […]

Leading a Diverse Health Team

“Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.” ~ Immanuel Kant A few years ago, I worked with what I would call the most challenging team leader of any project. This lady had no real interest in the project. The irony was, she fought for the ‘Team Leader’ position and would be upset with anyone who appeared interested in the role. Once she got the role, she had no interest in seeing the success of the project. She would report to work and sit in the office reading a newspaper or drinking coffee. We […]

4 Important Tools to Consider when Collaborating with Others

        Working in a busy unit can be stressful particularly when the individual assignments are very heavy. One nurse I know worked in such a unit and every day she complained about how disorganized and busy the work environment was. Even though she was so busy,  she  felt she spent half the time running up and down the halls with no plan. This made her more frustrated and stressed. After a few discussions with her, I suggested she should have a meeting with the other nurses on the floor and come up with some solutions. She took […]

Why Joining Toastmasters Is a Must.

Toastmasters Magazine

If you are looking for any promotion or leadership role, you need to join a Toastmasters club. Toastmasters clubs offer an inexpensive way for you to improve your leadership and communication skills. A few years ago, the patients that I worked with were critically ill, and most of them were on breathing machines. I had very little communication with them. I never considered joining Toastmasters because I felt that my communication skills didn’t need improvement. Then came the day I found myself in a position in which I needed to give a few speeches in our community. That’s when I […]