Assignment Description

Qualities of a Nurse Leader

It is important for nurse leaders to engage with other nurse leaders to understand professional roles; a practice experience is assigned to achieve this end. It is expected that you will spend 8-10 hours with the nurse leader, shadowing them in their position, observing them go about their day, and interviewing them. The interview can take place before, during, or after the shadow period or can be on a different day.

You will engage with and interview a nurse leader in person at an assisted living facility . You should begin thinking about this activity as soon as possible and identify how you will identify and gain access to the interview. You may include photos, graphs, or charts.

  1. Choose a nurse leader or director of Nursing at an assisted living facility  who holds a leadership nursing position in their organization who have direct reports (they supervise other employees).
  2. Develop an interview guide before conducting the interview. Identify information that you want to know before the interview and plan clarifying questions. You must include at least one question about technology/informatics.
  3. Conduct an interview regarding their professional role in the organization, and a current health care issue that is of interest to you (ethics, conflict management, budget, staffing, culture of safety, “just culture”, career advancement, quality improvement, etc.). Identify the name of the organization and use names of all involved (no anonymity).
  4. Prepare a written report of the interview.

Sample questions below. Feel free to vary the content of the questions to fit your interview:

  • Please describe the nursing and inter-professional teams that operate in this facility/on this unit.
  • Can you provide an example of a nursing practice that has been changed in the last year based on current best evidence?
  • What do you consider your biggest challenge?
  • What do you love most about your job?
  • Why did you choose this job?
  • What other kinds of nursing/other job did you ever do?
  • How would you describe your company’s culture?
  • How would you describe your role in admission and staffing decisions?
  • What is your leadership style?

* If you are employed in a large healthcare facility that has more than one location, you may interview the nurse leader in that organization with prior permission from your instructor. The purpose of this is to get you out of your organization and explore other nursing leadership roles than you might be familiar with.

Assignment Expectations:

Length: 1500 to 1750 words in length; Upload log Separately 

Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA format. These do not count towards the minimum word count for this assignment. Your essay must include an introduction and a conclusion.

References: Use appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. Your essay should have at least two scholarly references in addition to the textbook. Please be sure to cite the interview in APA format.

Rubric: This assignment uses a rubric for scoring. Please review it as part of your assignment preparation and again prior to submission to ensure you have addressed its criteria at the highest level.

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