Effective Approaches in Leadership Management: Nursing Shortage and Nurse Turn-over

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Effective Approaches in Leadership Management: Nursing Shortage and Nurse Turn-Over
Grand Canyon University
Nursing and Leadership Management
NRS 451V
Billie Gabbard
August 25, 2012

Effective Approaches in Leadership Management: Nursing Shortage and Nurse Turn-Over
The United States as well as many countries around the world are experiencing a nursing shortage that is expected to worsen significantly. It is estimated that by the year 2020, if current trends in nurse employment persist, that only 65% of the nurses needed to care for patients will be available to do so; this is equivalent to a 36% deficit or 1,016,900 nurses (Huber, 2010, p. 576). This shortage will
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This thought cannot be further from the truth. Different times + Different conditions = Different approaches. Leaders will need to adapt and learn to lead in ways that differ from approaches used in the past (Jooste, 2004, p. 218).
The purpose of leadership is to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things particularly when faced with change and challenge, as is so often encountered in healthcare, and to consistently produce greater performance for the long-term benefits of everyone involved (Jooste, p. 217). According to the Institute of Medicine, a positive work environment is essential in ensuring patient safety in the hospital setting (Laschinger & Finegan, 2005, p. 6). Many nurses feel that they are not respected as nurses or for the work that they do, by not only physicians, but by their management team as well. This lack of respect often stems from the method by which management communicates with their staff. Often decisions are made while failing to address concerns voiced by nurses regarding the overall implications of those decisions. This in turn is interpreted as mistrust. Nurses that are distrustful are less likely to help or participate in the attainment of organizational goals or activities (Laschinger & Finegan, p. 6). The lack of nursing staff has also taken

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