Democratic Leadership in Nursing Essay

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INTER-PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE!

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Inter-Professional Practice Kimberly Wong Vancouver Community College Professional Practice Nicole Rogers August 27th, 2012

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Inter-Professional Practice In the inter-professional health care team, a leader is a valuable member who works with others to provide high-quality care, ensuring patient safety and facilitating positive staff development in long-term care (Frankel, 2008). In many cases, the LPN is seen as a leader, taking charge, influencing and guiding others towards a mutual goal (Hood, 2010). Also, assigning roles and providing guidance to unregulated care providers (UCPs), assisting in maintaining safe work environments and advocating for residents as
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Role clarification is so important because one of the most common sources of conflict and dissatisfaction in teams probably stems from the lack of role clarity between team members and the leader. Lack of clarity contributes to role confusion, tension in working relationships, and can negatively impact the quality of patient care (FBA, 2008). LPNs are regulated health professionals who work along side other health care personnel, including physicians, allied health professionals, RNs, RPNs and Care Aides. Under the current regulatory framework, LPNs must carry out all nursing services under the direction of a medical practitioner or under the supervision of an RN (FBA, 2008). At the same time, LPNs have been increasingly undertaking leadership roles long-term care, managing UCPs. One way I could prevent role confusion is to clarify the LPN’s contribution as a member of the healthcare team (CLPNBC, 2010). The LPN is accountable for decisions and actions when assigning to, teaching, and supervising UCPs, making LPNs liable for improperly assigning tasks (CLPNBC, 2008). This is why role clarification is very important. LPN’s Role in Maintaining a Safe Work Environment According to the CLPNBC’s Baseline Competencies, LPNs are responsible for contributing a quality practice environment and demonstrating principles of safe care (CLPNBC, 2009). Some personal responsibilities of the LPN are to

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