There is a growing complexity in the healthcare environment today that calls for advanced leadership skills at all levels. This is particularly evident at the front lines of healthcare. It is reasonable to ask, do our charge nurses possess the skills required to be successful leaders in today’s healthcare environment? A review of current literature demonstrated that in order to create to reliable confident leaders, there is required to knowledge in key educational areas. These areas included knowledge of the external healthcare environment and basic leadership skills that include communication strategies as well as coaching team and individual performance. This Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice Project (TENPP) demonstrates that when these key elements are taught to front line leaders in an educational boot camp, there is significant improvement in these key areas, thus improving their self-perceived leadership skill set.
Based on the key areas identified through the literature review a Front Line Leadership Educational Boot Camp (FLLEBC) was created. Charge Nurses were invited by the Chief Nursing Officer to participate in the FLLEBC. It started with an eight hour educational boot camp in January 2015 followed by two follow-up two hour sessions in March and May to reinforce learning. Utilization of a pre and post educational self-survey was collected to demonstrate educational progression. A paired sample t-test was utilized which showed positive knowledge gain in 17 out of 17 areas surveyed and significant progress in 8 out of 17 areas. Based on these findings, quarterly leadership development for front line leaders was recommended.
|School:||Indiana Wesleyan University|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Healthcare, Leadership, Leadership development, Managers|
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