Nursing

Ask the expert: Defining accountability for your staff

Nurse Leader Insider, October 26, 2009

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This week, Eileen Lavin Dohmann, RN, MBA, NEA-BC discusses how to set up expectations and make sure nurses are held accountable.

Q: As a nurse manager, how can I get staff members to be accountable?

A: The key to accountability is clearly communicated expectations. We need to be careful not to assume that staff nurses know what is expected of them. We need to set clear expectations and communicate them, including the consequences of not meeting the expectations.

A nurse manager needs to clearly tell staff nurses what they are accountable for, gain their commitment to meet the expectation, and then hold them to that accountability. Having staff nurses repeat the expectation back to you in their own words is an effective tool to ensure that they understand what is expected of them and what they are committing to achieve.

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