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Tool of the month: Promote effectiveness and accountability in staff meetings

Nurse Leader Insider, April 13, 2009

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Nurse managers have many opportunities to expect accountability from their staff, both during one-on-one interactions and in group settings. An area where nurse managers should expect accountability, but where they frequently complain they see none, is during staff meetings.

Nurse managers can promote accountability during meetings by setting expectations and facilitating the meeting so that staff nurses know how to behave.

When starting a staff meeting, the manager must set the stage for how he or she wants the staff to behave in the meeting. The manager should tell the staff whether the meeting will involve them receiving information, whether they will be asked to give feedback, whether they will be asked to make a decision, and so on. Every meeting will be more effective if those in the meeting know what is expected of them.

One way to prepare staff members for a meeting is to set an agenda that is available beforehand. You can use this tool to organize your agenda for a meeting you will lead or to prepare for a meeting you will attend.

Also, don't forget you can check out more tools in our Tools Library and evidence-based tools and articles in the Evidence-Based Resource Center on www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com.



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