Wk 6 Discussion
I have grown as far as learning how to perform my job in a leadership role, versus a staff nurse on the floor. I have had several opportunities where I had to use critical thinking skills from a managerial standpoint. For instance, there was a situation where a nurse had previously been warned regarding attendance. I was allowed to sit in with the Manager of the unit as we discussed with the employee further disciplinary actions. I asked the employee several questions, and allowed them input, which ultimately, the employee informed both myself and the manager she has been homeless for over a month, and she was trying to deal with the situation without losing her job. In the end, there was a need for a full time nurse, therefore the nurse accepted in hopes this will help with her financial situation.
The one difficulty that has arisen thus far has been is that the last two Managers meetings have fell on Wednesdays, which they were originally on Fridays the days I complete my Practicum. Fortunately my Preceptor has been of good help with them allowing a briefing and my having the notes, and agendas from the meetings.
With the activities that have occurred while on my Practicum, I have been fortunate to show the Supervisor of the department of Clinical Education, Staffing Development that I am a team player. She has informed me that by being dedicated, and have a willingness to learn, I would be a great asset to their team. I have been introduced to the Leadership staff, and have been invited to the Leadership Development Institute Seminar that will be held October 13th.
To this point I am satisfied with my progress. I have been making great headway as far as Practicum Project.
The one challenge that has arisen is that one of the Clinical Educators has taken another job in which this puts a little more pressure on my preceptor to now perform orientations in two sections, whereas it was previously done with three nurses. The one good thing is a nurse will be coming this Monday to assist with scheduling and call backs. Because I am available on Mondays and Fridays, I have been able to assist with classes.
At this time I do not foresee any challenges on the horizon.
While spending time with Preceptor I now have a greater understanding of how much is put into the role of a leader. Before now I could do my job, complete the days work, and leave, Now it’s not that simple, I am responsible for how the department flows, how the staff is engaged, as well as having to maintain my home and work life balance.
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