The Importance Of A Good Nurse Manager

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Nursing managers today find themselves amidst a plethora of complex issues. There is the issue of what makes a good nurse manager? Another issue is the governments regulatory bureaucracy with new and improved good ideas that increase problems without really fixing many issues. Retaining an experienced nurse is an issue of importance. Finally, properly staffing the unit in order to provide the right healthcare staff for the right patient population.
To begin one must answer the question of what makes for a good nurse manager? In order to find a good object definition an organization was developed. The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) described five levels of competency for nurse managers. Nurse managers must possess the ability to communicate effectively in order to foster positive relationships. They must also have knowledge of the health care environment, leadership skills, be professional, and adept at business (Sullivan, 2012). As for competency, the nurse manager must possess emotional intelligence. According to Sullivan (2012), emotional intelligence is a “personal
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They have also directed that a new six step process be followed. First, a unit-based expert panel “determines present nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD) delivered through the current staffing plan.” Second, unit work load is determined. Third, nurse managers work with their expert panel to ascertain whether staffing levels are meeting the NHPPD. Fourth, the number of full time employees needed per shift is determined. Fifth, full time employees are broken down by skill level and nurse managers determined calculation of each shift needs. Sixth, the facility team is given the narrative of needed staff members with calculations and skill levels. Then the nurse executive makes the final staffing determination and reports those numbers to the nurse

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