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“There is a need for nursing leaders to provide inspiration, mentorship, and direction, whether it be for a patient or the profession” (Mahoney, 2001, p. 269). Mahoney’s point is that leaders are needed at all levels, all functions, and all specialties of nursing. Leadership skills are especially important when guiding or facilitating a team. Show Less But what makes a skilled leader? Aranda, Aranda, and Conlon (1998) suggest that five elements are critical: sharing an inspired vision, challenging team processes, modeling effective team behaviors, empowering team members, and encouraging the heart (pp. 45â€“46). Leaders must deal with conflict, decision making, and goal achievement. In health care today, there are more teams (including virtual teams) of multidisciplinary professionals than ever before. To lead these teams effectively and successfully, the roles and responsibilities of each team member need to be clearly defined, along with clear descriptions of how the team will make decisions. Trust is an important factor in multidisciplinary team collaboration as well, and it is measured in terms of reliability and communication. A competent and effective leader knows how to build trust across boundaries (geographic, cultural, gender, age, et cetera) to tap the skills and talents of each team member, resulting in team success.
Aranda, E. K., Aranda, L., & Conlon, K. (1998). Teams: Structure, process, culture, and politics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Mahoney, J. (2001). Leadership skills for the 21st century. Journal of Nursing Management, 9(5), 269â€“271. Toggle Drawer Resources
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
Nathanson, B. H., Henneman, E. A., Blonaisz, E. R., Doubleday, N. D., Lusardi, P., & Jodka, P. G. (2011). How much teamwork exists between nurses and junior doctors in the intensive care unit? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(8), 1817â€“1823.
Orchard, C. A. (2010). Persistent isolationist or collaborator? The nurse’s role in interprofessional collaborative practice. Journal of Nursing Management, 18(3), 248â€“257.
Moore, L. W., Leahy, C., Sublett, C., & Lanig, H. (2013). Understanding nurse-to-nurse relationships and their impact on work environments. MEDSURG Nursing, 22(3), 172â€“179.
McNeil, K., Mitchell, R., & Parker, V. (2013). Interprofessional practice and professional identity threat. Health Sociology Review, 22(3), 291â€“307.
Marshall, A. P., West, S. H., & Aitken, L. M. (2013). Clinical credibility and trustworthiness are key characteristics used to identify colleagues from whom to seek information. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(9/10), 1424â€“1433.
Cameron, S., Harbison, J., Lambert, V., & Dickson, C. (2012). Exploring leadership in community nursing teams. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(7), 1469â€“1481.
Giltinane, C. L. (2013). Leadership styles and theories. Nursing Standard, 27(41), 35â€“39.
Tiffan, B. (2014). The art of team leadership. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 71(10), 799â€“801.
Lomas, C. (2012). Leading by example. Nursing Standard, 26(35), 18â€“20.
Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the BSN-FP4017 â€“ Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals library guide to help direct your research.
The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required. These resources are available from the Capella University Bookstore. When searching the bookstore, be sure to look for the Course ID with the specific â€“FP (FlexPath) course designation.
Levi, D. (2017). Group dynamics for teams (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.