Nursing

Rock Your Health: A new way to motivate behavior by asking questions

Nurse Leader Insider, August 12, 2015

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Nurse managers and nurse leaders are in the habit of telling people what to do and expecting them to follow through. How’s that working for you with your staff?

Maybe there is another way. Try this technique that is borrowed from executive coaching practices used in business for personal improvement. It is a powerful communication tool that can transform your approach to health behavior counseling and re-energize your work.

Instead of telling nurses what to do, coaches ask powerful questions designed to challenge thinking and action and to elicit positive behavior change. Coaching will help you guide your nurses toward rapid goal attainment, higher levels of productivity, and to reach their full potential. It also reduces your stress as a nurse manager because the accountability is on the employee, not you.

Here are some powerful questions you can practice with. Once you ask a question, make sure you stop and listen. That is the hardest for nurses to do because we are programmed to give advice and not let others figure things out for themselves.

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