Inside the program: Training leadership

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, July 12, 2010

All great leaders have clear values and a solid understanding of their beliefs in order to lead during challenging times (Gebelien, 2004). Charge nurses have increased responsibility and often function as a liaison to the nurse manager and carry out managerial duties. It is imperative that charge nurses are also leaders on the unit and not simply managing the shift-to-shift operations.

A course specifically dedicated to leadership for charge nurses should cover the difference between being a nurse manager and being a nurse leader, leadership strategies, and leadership behaviors. It’s important to review the difference between leading and managing, and to hardwire leadership skills and behaviors into the charge nurse’s daily duties and responsibilities.

Source: Charge Nurse Program Builder: Tools for Developing Unit Leaders

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