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  Interview a Nurse Leader

 Leaders are people who can be of positive influence towards anyone’s life. Leaders are individuals who provide a role model to the society making others imitate their behaviors or wish they could have lived such a life. Evidence shows that a leader exerts some influence to the society by giving flexible personal behavior reports, as well as strategies. A leader is simply a future oriented person who is defined and challenged by organization changes and has the ability to develop effective strategies and plans that help drive the firm in a forward direction.

The leader I selected to interview is FP who is an endoscopy nurse in University Hospital in Miami, Florida. The leader works in endoscopy unit as Bronchoscopy nurse leader. A leader is someone who has subordinates or followers who works closely with the leader in order to achieve goals and objectives of the organization. Just like in any other organizational setting, effective leadership is required in nursing environment so as to help practitioners provide quality patient care services to patients and at the same time guarantee safe patient outcomes. The paper will focus on the responses that will be provided by FP nurse leader in the endoscopy unit. FP has been the best nurse in the endoscopy nursing setting simply because the leader ensures that protocols inpatient services are followed and adhered to be based on the needs of the patient.

 Leadership Style

The interview of a health care leader was on FP nurse. FP work in University Hospital in Miami, Florida, in endoscopy unit as Bronchoscopy nurse as a leader. Just like a good number of leaders, FP has integrated principles of transformational leadership in the process of her style of leadership. According to FP, a good leader can either be born with the natural abilities of being a leader or one can be developed and groomed with relevant, training, mentorship and timely education so as to become perfect. A leader is someone who is as good as the team being lead and should be in a position to identify problems, develop strategies for identified problems, implement, and monitor those strategies on proper ways to solve the problems, (Cegarra-Navarro et al., 2011).

An effective leader is someone who should have the ability to guide the team, have effective communication skills, and be developed with proper education in order to manage to effectively lead a given group. On top of this, my leader feels that, in order for someone to become someone effective, one must have the ability to show good examples, have the ability to develop proper and sound working environment with others, and learn on how to do what is asked or wanted from the leader at any given time without any complains. Based on my leader’s argument, effective leaders are people who have the ability to work with employees given any condition and can request them to work either beyond or above the required state and employees have no objection towards the situation, (Parker & Hyrkas, 2011).Patient in the nursing setting is the most relevant component.

A leader in the nursing setting should be in a position to understand a patient and develop the required measures to be taken to the patient. The most vital and relevant qualities that leaders should have is on educational experience, clinical experience, and their knowledge so as to serve patients in the best manner. In nursing setting, there several organizational learning impacts such as patient safety, job satisfaction, and nursing care that should always be addressed and monitored in the best approach. A relational leader is someone who has the ability to work with employees without a lot of problems plus she, or he can bring the team together for the purpose of achieving goals and objectives in serving the patient. Leaders who are ethical always function in the best direction and will always deliver quality health care services plus establish strong relationships and collaborations within the working environment, (O'Connor & Stodard, 2012).

 Changes in Leadership Style

The evolving leadership role in the nursing setting has seen current nurses do some modification in their leadership style plus they have adopted receptive styles such as the transformational style in their leadership activities. Leaders who are transformational in their working environment involves in the nudging teammates to be creative so that they can establish an environment that favors patients needs at any given time. They are people who value the working environment of other employees and always inquire for the right measures to be put across in the establishment of the best patient, working conditions. Such leaders also think of effective strategies, which can be implemented in order to improve and transform the performance of the nursing setting. The field of nursing is ever growing; thus there is a constant need to the improvement of services offered to patients.

This means that there exist the needs to engage and encourage employees in the health care setting to suggest as well as to be innovative in developing ways that will be of help in improving patient care in the nursing setting. Based on the transformational leadership, the required emphasis should be to adhere to the status quo as well as set rules that establish new directions in performing different health care tasks and activities. A good transformational leadership system is one that allows the leader to provide support to the team members, (Sullivan & Decker, 2009).Evidence shows that a positive relationship can be established by a leader who genuinely shows concern towards his or her team. In an environment where team members are given a chance to share their views, it has been discovered that proper and sound activities are established.

A good leader in the nursing health care is someone who opens the channels of communication to followers and also encourages them to share their contributions and ideas in order to change their working environment. Improving the environment of nursing setting is establishing and environment where team members feel their contributions are respected and appreciated. Subordinates must realize that they are worth enough in building and developing the organization. In nursing environment, transformation leadership is of essence simply because allows leaders feel their role plus make them a source of inspiration to the followers. In the health care setting, nursing leaders should have the ability to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the health care setting by setting a deep set of values and ideas that the rest of the group in the nursing setting desire and admire to emulate, (Cegarra-Navarro et al., 2011).


Based on my leader suggestions, there are a number of challenges and problems that currently affects the field of nursing health care. The issue of staffing is one of the key challenging situations in most of the health care environments. The current nurse work ethic is different compared to the past work ethic that was used by nurse experts. My leader argued that the entire nursing industry faces one of the greatest problems which are on the proper measures required to solve the problem of nursing staffing. This is not a secret any more simply because there is a great shortage in nurses in health care and those available are overworked making it difficult to establish the required staffing system. Nursing shortage according to PF is a challenge that will elevate to drastic levels if the problem is not corrected any time soon. When I asked my leader if she had any suggestions on how to solve the problem, her response was very simple and direct to the point. She argued that leaders in the health care setting should listen to their followers and discover on the problems that these people face.

They should also learn and discover their wants and needs thus develop ways on how to deal with the challenges. According to the leader, irrespective of the position you hold in the nursing setting, a leader should always show support to the staff something that will cultivate a sense of moral support and loyalty, (Parker & Hyrkas, 2011).Apart from the issue of a nursing shortage, another challenge is based on the development of future nurse leaders. It is with no doubt that molding and developing future nurse leaders have become a significant challenge in nursing setting. The issue develops from the fact that current nursing industry is working with few nurses. These nurses have tight schedules that prevent them from getting time to train them on becoming future leaders. Their schedules are always busy something that pose a great risk in developing future leaders in the health care setting. Lack of morale and motivation because of the amount of workload they encounter, current nurses face problems of becoming future leaders. The current nurse pool is aging meaning that a good number of nurses are nearing the retirement, and the upcoming generation is not serious in entering healthcare environment. Nurse leaders have the obligation to provide directions to the next level of nursing healthcare setting, (Sullivan & Decker, 2009).

 Formal and Informal Power

Formal and informal types of powers are relevant and required in the field of nursing healthcare. Formal power is the authority that someone holds within an organization. The responsibilities and roles of a leader with formal power are recognized by the organization management through an elaborated organizational chart. The position held by this leader is demonstrated in a chart that shows power, duties, and role held by each of the leader in the organization. In a formal power setting, leaders are defined within their duties and proper indications are shown and who holds where and who is superior to whom as well as the chain of command. For the informal power setting, leaders in health care setting believe that this is a dominant situation. This is seen in those people who have exposure and experience in the nursing setting. Nurses are required to be answerable and have the ability to handle different problems and issues that develop in the health care setting, (O'Connor & Stodard, 2012).


Cegarra-Navarro, J. G., Wensley, A. K., & Sanchez-Polo, M. T. (2011). Improving quality of service of home healthcare units with health information technologies. Health Information Management Journal, 40(2), 30-38

O'Connor, T., & Stodard, K. (2012). Nursing leadership qualities come in many guises. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 18(5), 14-17

Parker, S., & Hyrkas, K. (2011). Priorities in nursing management. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(5), 567-571

Sullivan, E. J., & Decker, P. J. (2009). Effective leadership and management in nursing (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall


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