Inside the program: Leadership training

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 8, 2010

Your best starting point is to summarize the list of duties and responsibilities that you have outlined in your charge nurse job description or charter. Review this with the nursing leadership team and then categorize them into similar themes, for example, communication, delegation, and conflict resolution, to name a few. After you have done this, you will be able to assess the kinds of leadership training you want to offer your charge nurses. Of course, leadership training is intensive and ongoing, and your orientation program will cover only the highlights. But if you really want to sustain leadership development, then you will need to offer additional courses for your charge nurses to attend during their orientation period. Do not wait to ask your charge nurses to attend these courses too far out of their orientation. Ensure charge nurses attend all the leadership courses at least within the first 180 days of their new role. At a minimum, provide training courses in:

  • Leadership
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication
  • Developing talent

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

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