Leadership is the ability to direct someone or something to achieve the desired goals. Good clinical leadership pertains one to be competent and qualified clinically, to have good communication skills, compassionate and supportive attitude. This attributes should be attained at the undergraduate level as with this foundation one will have clinical leadership from the beginning.
The units concerned with clinical leadership should strictly underline strategies that are specific to the nursing profession and practical sessions also included to train the undergraduate to handle real life emergency situations from the onset of their course that embedding leadership qualities in them. The internship period where the student has to be in a hospital environment should be mandatory to help the student to get used to be in a hospital environment where he will learn more than what he did during the practice session.
This ensures perfect competence of the student increasing his confidence, thus managing to develop good leadership skills to be able to handle any kind of emergency or decision making he will face. This will in turn reduce the level of incompetence in hospitals (Barnes, Percy and Johnson, 2000). A hospital calls for undivided attention to the care given to patients; it requires quality health care, outstanding patient safety and excellent services that satisfy the patient since health is a very delicate matter.
Quality health care and patient safety should not only begin and end at the hospital, it should also be observed outside the boundaries of the hospital. Once patients are treated and discharged they are still in a transition period and require to be looked after and given the proper medication until they heal completely. Engaging the community in health care has improved services delivered to the community, like distribution and deployment of resources. Quality health care also involves keeping records pertaining to the illness of your patient; this will help to correctly diagnose the correct medical care to give and medications.
Also there will be a continuous record of the illness which will help to detect its sensitivity with time and thus help the nurse to formulate measures to prevent it. Communication between the doctor and the patient is a vital key in maintaining a good relationship that is trustworthy. The doctor should be able to explain to his patient what he is facing and the repercussions of his illness. He should also explain the procedures that will be used to treat the patient in total confidence and calmly, as at this stage the patient is in a shocked or self denial state.
The doctor should avoid using medical term as the patient will not understand his critical condition; he should explain the illness quite briefly and in an understandable language. Innovative method to cure the diseases should be used (Batalden, Eugene and Marjorie, 2007). The current nursing practice helps the nurse to perform his duties in a competent way using the interpersonal skills acquired to organize and prioritize human health care. Organizing and prioritizing human health care helps to properly diagnose the disease and give proper medication thus eliminating accidental cases.
The most urgent case or symptoms are dealt with first to prevent further deterioration of the patient’s health. Time management is also a crucial skill that the nurse should have as it can lead to loss of life if poorly managed, organizing and prioritizing human care develops this skill (Barnes, Percy and Johnson, 2000). Nurses can support any movement that fights for the rights of the patient or the medical practice. They should also try to get involved with them and play a key role, this will enable them to voice out their difficulties and the things they need changed or delivered to them to help in improving health care.
For instance the medical practitioner is able to request for the latest equipments to keep up with the advanced technology and to fight for the rights of patients like providence of drugs. This will in turn shape the nurse’s leadership skills and overall improve health care practice (Bessie and Huston, 2003). Nursing process is providing health care to solve health problems while considering the nursing philosophies and ethics. It involves the assessment of the situation at hand, diagnosis process, treatment process and the final evaluation of the patient.
The evaluation process may lead to change in the care given to the patient as his health will either improve or deteriorate. Thus evaluation is very important as critical conditions or symptoms can be detected and appropriate measures taken. Medical processes given after evaluation can be used to detect future nursing processes that can be used to treat a certain illness. Nursing research is recommendable since it improves health care. Implementation of the research findings is sometimes a constraint due to lack of resources and technology.
When implementing the findings one should ensure clear commitment to research by providing the necessary resources and technology, create a conducive learning environment and encourage the staff members to be open minded (Bessie and Huston, 2003). Ethics is the goodness or badness of a person in relation to the human philosophy. It deals with the moral choices, language and behavior of a person. When either of the three is violated it goes against the professional ethic and legal procedures, this can lead to imprisonment due to violation of human life (Batalden, Eugene and Marjorie, 2007).
When dealing with a patient that has complex illness, I will tend to explain this to the patient in a very calm manner and as soon as possible trying to be brief and concise, since the patient will be in shock or in a state of denial. Therefore I will expect any reaction and as am trained use my leadership skills to calm the patient, assuring him that he is in the right hands and need not worry. Leadership skills help to improve health care since one will be well versed with the strategies of quality human health.
Being organized and prioritizing activities should be at the top of my skills, since this will help my time management ability. Also, being a leader I should possess good interpersonal skills that will help to communicate effectively and perform my duties in the most desired way. Community health is supported by awareness of the community to their health. Therefore awareness seminars can be created where the community will learn about the importance of good health care.
Free check ups like eye check ups and free immunization vaccines should be implemented this will attract the community and thus will play a part in improving the health of the community. Some practices can not be learned in class and therefore require experience to be grasped. For instance accessing a condition and giving it the right evaluation, thinking critically before performing a task, incorporating the interpersonal skills and using the knowledge learned and your management skills in regard to your relationship with the staff members.
A clinical leader should be able to implement the above (Barnes, Percy and Johnson, 2000. Word Count: 1185 Reference List Barnes, Percy and Johnson (2000). Multiple sclerosis: Prim Health Care. p. 29 -34. Batalden, Eugene and Marjorie (2007). A Clinical Microsystems Approach. Published by John Wiley & Sons. Bessie and Huston (2003). Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing. Philadelphia: JB Lippincot.