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Discussion: Leadership Style

Throughout your career, you will work with many people who display differing leadership styles. As a nurse leader, it is imperative that you communicate well and get along with those whose leadership style does not align with your preferences. It is also important to understand your own leadership style, as this can prompt insight into how others relate to you and what skills you may need to develop as your leadership responsibilities grow.

To prepare:

  • Review the information in the Learning Resources, including the leadership styles identified in Chapter 2 of the course text.
  • Bring to mind a leader in your organization or one with which you are familiar. Would you describe his or her style as authoritative, democratic, or laissez-faire? Why?
  • Which characteristics or approaches demonstrated by this person would you integrate into your own leadership style? Which ones would you prefer not to integrate?
  • Think about how this leader’s style and resulting interactions may impact health care quality and patient outcomes.

By Day 3

Post a description of a leader, distinguishing his or her style as authoritative, democratic, or laissez-faire. Describe the characteristics that inform your perception, and explain which ones you would integrate into your own leadership style, as well as which ones you would prefer not to integrate. Explain at least one potential effect of this leadership style on health care quality and patient outcomes.

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As medicine and patient care continue to evolve at a record pace, it is important that healthcare systems are prepared to support these changes and deliver quality patient care in a timely manner.  According to Nagle et al. (2017), by 2018, 22 million households will use virtual care and the average number of visits will increase.  The shear amount of data and information required to handle this type of growth will double every 18 months (Nagle et al., 2017).  By the time many new policies and procedures are implemented, they are already outdated (Nagle et al., 2017).  It is important that information and applications are developed to respond quickly to patient needs and also increase patient safety.

            According to McGonigle & Mastrian (2022), the increasing demands on nurses, the complexity of patients and the fast-paced work environment has caused medical errors to be the third leading cause of death in the United States (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022).  In order to minimize these adverse events, it’s important that healthcare facilities embrace a safety culture (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022).  A culture that supports a blame-free environment and encourages their workers to report errors without being punished (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022).  This will allow facilities to analyze the data and develop processes to decrease the risk of this happening again (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2022). 

            Patient care is moving toward a team-based philosophy (Nagle et al., 2017).  These teams will consist of many specialties and be focused on one patient (Nagle et al., 2017).  As these interprofessional teams work together, they will rely on a wide range of virtual devices and the internet to communicate.  Being able to exchange information in a timely manner, with a focus on patient care and safety will be a challenge.  Time management is crucial in the healthcare setting, utilizing informatics to improve patient care and not create additional barriers is important (Sweeney, 2017). Multidisciplinary unity is essential to providing safe and effective patient care (Sweeney, 2017).  This is where nursing informatics will play a significant role in providing a seamless sharing of information amongst team members, allowing them to communicate, treat patients safely and provide quality care expeditiously. 

            In my facility, we take a very comprehensive approach to patient care.  While the nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians are in one building, reviewing blood work, evaluating treatment plans, and prescribing medications, the aesthetic team is in a separate facility treating patients with facial fillers, neurotoxins, lasers, and other devices.  It is important that we take an extensive approach to patient care since many medications can affect a patient’s results.  For example, if I am treating someone for hair loss and notice that their thyroid has not been checked or they are not on any thyroid medicine then it’s important that I communicate this to the team so they can initiate the blood work necessary to improve that patient’s outcomes.  Reviewing a patient’s electronic medical records, prior to treatment, is part of an all-inclusive multidisciplinary approach to quality patient care.  One way I feel we could improve the interactions between informatics and the healthcare care team is to reevaluate the software program we are currently using.  It is difficult to navigate and find important information quickly. 


McGonigle, D. & Garver Mastrian, K. (2022). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge. Jones & Bartlett Learning. 

Nagle, L., Sermeus, W. & Junger, A. (2017). Evolving role of the nursing informatics specialist.  Retrieved on December 12, 2022, from https://serval.unil.ch/resource/serval:BIB_4A0FEA56B8CB.P001/REF

Sweeney, J. (2017). Healthcare informatics.  Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. Retrieved on December 12, 2022, from https://www.himss.org/o