Nursing leadership has evolved into a complex, multifaceted role that requires adapting to and strategizing to meet the challenges of our current healthcare delivery system. Meeting the needs of the department, the interdisciplinary team and the government regulatory and state requirements can be overwhelming, leading to stress within the work environment. Occupational stress and organizational change are now widely accepted as two major issues in organizational life. In addition, issues such as lateral violence and violence against healthcare workers are leading to increased stress in the healthcare workplace. Effectively managing stress related to these and other issues in the workplace is key for nursing leaders.
Research has identified that stress can reduce motivation and productivity. Therefore, leaders are responsible for recognizing employee stress levels and intervening to reduce stress to the lowest possible level.
The new normal for nursing leadership roles require that we develop skills such as:
Authored by Elsie Crowninshield, RNP, DNP, CCRN, NE-BC and Adele Webb, Ph.D., RN, FNAP, FAAN