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Web site spotlight: Is your organization one that fosters innovation?

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 19, 2008

As leaders in healthcare organizations, it is often a nurse manager's responsibility to be a driver of change. And while effective leaders work hard to help release creative energy within their facilities, staff must understand what is valued in order to support this.

When attempting to create an environment that enhances change and supports innovation, consider the following questions:

  • Is there consistency in beliefs and assumptions among those who leave your facility?
  • Do staff members believe rewards are distributed equally?
  • Do management tempers frequently flare up?
  • Are management behaviors consistent, or do staff members always have to be alert for the decision of the moment?
  • Do you support innovation and change?
  • Is your approach consistent, or does it reflect the issue of the moment?

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from "Lead the charge for change and innovation" found in the Leaders Lounge at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com. Get a free trial membership that will give you 30 days to test drive all the exciting features on the Web site.

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