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How nurse managers can inspire creativity

Nurse Leader Insider, October 27, 2016

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A creativity-friendly work environment can foster innovation in your department. So how do you encourage your staff to think creatively?

Foster trust
Employees that feel trusted by their supervisors are more likely to succeed in their position, and more likely to come up with creative solutions to the department’s problems. Nurse managers can create a sense of trust by resisting the urge to micromanage their staff, giving them responsibilities, and encouraging them to take ownership of their own work. Feeling secure in their work relationship can improve the staff member’s output, happiness, and contributions to the team. If the employee feels emboldened to suggest new processes and share their ideas in a safe environment, they will be more likely to think creatively about their work.

Give resources for great ideas
Once you have a comfortable environment where employees can share their ideas and passions, it’s important to provide resources for the employee’s outstanding ideas. Saying that someone has great ideas is one thing, but if there isn’t the support to act on them, that can be just as discouraging. Whenever possible, provide time and resources to bring their plans to fruition, and fight for your staff’s ideas. In hospitals with tight budgets, it’s impossible to institute every proposal, but if your staff knows that you are working for them, they’ll still be encouraged to share their next great idea.

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