In today’s healthcare facilities, there is a need for effective and strategic clinical management to ensure quality results and to provide a safe environment for patients. Therefore, it is essential that clinical professionals identify the appropriate management styles in the nursing career. Being aware of these styles not only allows nurse managers to enhance their nursing skills but also become more competent leaders who improve clinical operations and boost healthy interrelationships. Different management styles are used in different scenarios within the healthcare setting, and thus it is essential for the nurse managers to identify the most appropriate technique for every situation, to ensure the organization’s objectives are met.
Explore Your Management Style
Clinical nurse managers have the responsibility of ensuring their assigned departments are well organized to accomplish successful healthcare results. The nurses, therefore, need to be conversant with the various management styles and competencies to operate effectively. According to Morsiani et al. (2017), one of the most useful leadership styles that nurses should use is the transformational management style. The style drives clinical nurse managers to enlighten their workers on the techniques to employ to become successful in their tasks, for instance, how they can develop realistic and logical solutions to challenges that affect their department. The other management style that nurse managers should use is the democratic management style that allows them to involve other nurses in making significant decisions for the clinical unit, especially when establishing changes in the medical procedures. The nurse managers can also use the autocratic management style where they decide on behalf of the workers to save on time and boost the quality of the services offered.
I am a registered nurse for home healthcare with twenty working years’ experience in the United States. My main responsibilities include creating a healthy and safe environment that supports clinical work and encourages patients’ engagement. Some of the duties and responsibilities include planning treatment procedures, scheduling, record keeping, and management as well as mentoring. One year ago, my manager was unwell and so he assigned me the responsibility of being in charge of my clinical unit for a whole month. The scenario involved ten clients that needed home healthcare and thirty health care and thirty healthcare professionals. I designed day and night shift policies that allowed the employees to meet the patients’ requirements. I employed the autocratic management style where I had authority over the employees to ensure they followed my set policies and delivered quality on time, to boost the effectiveness of the health care services offered to the patients.
I had the power of managing all the operations, for instance, ensuring all the schedules and policies were adhered to, giving orders on how the nurses would approach various aspects of the activities, and set the rules. I also had the power of managing the registered medical assistants and nurses, office staff, make budgets, evaluate performance and ensure shifts are adhered to efficiently. One of the leading roles I had was ensuring that the nurses working at night did not sleep during these shifts as this would highly risk the patients’ safety and violate the nursing policies. The management style I used was effective, however, given another chance in the future, I would consider doing things differently. I would incorporate the transformational management style to ensure that I train my employees about their duties and the essential techniques of achieving quality results (Morsiani et al., 2017). I would also consider transformational leadership as it would have allowed me to convince the employees that they needed to take their job seriously and thus should adopt a positive and friendly attitude towards their position.
The other additional management styles I would consider are the Laissez-faire style and situational leadership style. The reason I would choose the Laissez-faire management style is that the technique allows the employees to be free, to function with oversight but with minimal supervision from the manager or the set policies. The Laissez-faire leadership style would help me to generate trust towards my employees and avail educational programs to them to allow them to balance their freedom with their tasks (Yasir & Mohamad, 2016). As a new clinical nurse manager, the Laissez-faire technique would vastly aid me to develop my leadership competence and enhance my experience. The situational management style, on the other hand, would help me modify my employees to align them with the clinical requirements. The technique would also allow me to analyze the situations at hand and establish the most effective methodologies for achieving quality results. With this kind of management style, I would be able to make any modifications or decisions if a need arises, and ensure the workers stick to the organizational goals and objectives.
Clinical nurses should consider familiarizing themselves with the various management styles to ensure they align their skills with the objectives of the healthcare organizations. They should also ensure they choose the management styles that suit the patients’ requirements to boost the effectiveness of the health care systems and boost patients’ engagement and satisfaction. Selecting the right management style ensures that the clinical operations run with ease and boosts convenience.
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