Even before the pandemic and its rather disastrous effects on staffing, there was a definite need for effective leadership training for clinical staff. In the wake of the pandemic, hospitals are emerging somewhat battered. Most are in significantly worse financial shape than before the pandemic and most are also struggling with higher turnover rates, early retirements and a now urgent need to develop managerial skills in new nurse leaders. And, of course, the cost of turnover in leadership positions is high – in dollars and cents and in the loss of institutional knowledge.
Nurses are expected to be leaders early in their practice. They will lead and advocate for patient care and they will be expected to demonstrate leadership when caring for their patients, when structuring their own career paths and when helping to onboard newer nurses. However; they may also choose a career path that includes a formal leadership position and that will mean taking steps to ensure that they develop their leadership skills.
While leadership styles may tend to vary, there are some skills that nurses in leadership roles need in order to successfully manage the kinds of teams that provide the best in patient care. Nurses need to develop both soft and hard skills if they wish to move into leadership roles. Those skills include:
Healthcare organizations need to ask themselves if they are doing everything possible to identify potential leaders in their organizations and then invest in their development. HealthStream’s Leadership Development Solutions can help you develop new leaders and support your existing leadership team.
Good solutions start with assessments which is precisely how this solution starts. The assessment process will give credit for subjects that have already been mastered and then create a customized education plan that focuses precisely on the knowledge gaps identified by the assessment.
HealthStream’s Leadership Development Solutions are powered by rich content in which senior leaders can be confident. The Frontline Nurse Leader content consists of 27 lessons that are organized into 8 modules. It is based on the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ (AONE) Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) competencies. Talent Tracks includes an assessment that will help establish a personalized learning plan that will include courses curated from more than 140 course titles. Talent Tracks also includes pre-defined curriculums on the most relevant topics – all specific to the unique requirements of the healthcare environment. The content is designed to be engaging and includes multiple instructional design methods.
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