ApplicationofTheory NR501 Essay

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Application of Theory within Leadership: Retaining Nurses through Orlando’s Model
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR501: Theoretical Basis of Advanced Nursing Practice

Application of Theory within Leadership: Retaining Nurses through Orlando’s Model
“Theory-based nursing practice has demonstrated a capacity to structure professional care, unify and simplify communication, save time, clarify decision-making, and reduce nurse staff turnover saving thousands of dollars” (Alligood, 2011, p. 982). Although theory is present in my workplace, it is rarely discussed. This is a shame because it is apparent that theory is essential to the nursing profession and should be at the forefront. Nursing theory helps define and verify
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307). This type of leadership leads to job satisfaction, quality of work life, decreased job stress, and decreased nurse turnover (Cowden et al., 2011). However, leadership skills are not innate, but must be developed and honed (Curtis et al., 2011). It is important for nursing administration/management to foster a work environment or culture that supports transformational leadership. This can be accomplished through nursing theory.
Orlando’s Model as a Strategy to Retain Nurses
Sieloff and Raph (2011) believe that nursing theory guides leaders and gives them a framework in which to provide a vision to a nursing group or organization. The absence of theory leads to oppressed group behavior (Sieloff & Raph, 2011). History has demonstrated nurses as an oppressed group under the control of physicians and healthcare organizations; and oppressed groups have been known to discount their own knowledge in preference to the knowledge of their oppressors (Sieloff & Raph, 2011). “In the professional nursing arena, nurse managers who continue to embrace generic or business management and administrative literature, rather than nursing management/administrative theories, perpetuate an oppressed group approach” (Sieloff & Raph, 2011). Autonomy is paramount in patient care and should also be for nurses as well.

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