Leadership skills can improve your nursing and/or preceptor role in ambulatory care settings in a variety of ways. Whether you are a staff nurse, supervisor, or educator, learning how to be a better leader can enhance the way you precept and guide new staff. It is also important to understand some key differences between leadership and management in ambulatory care. With diverse settings and constant coordination of care in ambulatory care settings, having the skills to be a confident and effective leader can make all the difference. The goal of this course is to provide information about effective leadership skills that can enhance preceptorships.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Leadership
Nurses as Leaders
Management vs. Leadership
What Makes a Leader
Leadership Theories and Styles
The Role of Followers
Preceptors as Leaders of Change
Developing Yourself as a Leader
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 4: Conclusion
Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN is a SME writer for Relias with over 13 years of acute care experience in nursing. She began working in adult critical care at Wake Med Cary Hospital in 2011, obtained her CCRN certification in 2016, and served in the role of Rapid Response/Code Blue/Rounding RN for over 2 years. She continues to work as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit. Laura has a passion for education and excellence in nursing care. She has been involved in numerous special projects and educational activities to improve staff development, evidence-based clinical practice, and patient satisfaction. She continues to strive for excellence in education and clinical development as an acute care course writer. Disclosure: Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Susan Paschke, MSN, RN, BA, AMB-BC, NEA-BC
Susan Paschke is a nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience in ambulatory care in a variety of roles at Cleveland Clinic and The Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. She holds a BA in Psychology from Cleveland State University and a BSN and MSN from Kent State University. She is a part time instructor at Kent State in the Nursing Administration and Healthcare Leadership program and recently returned to the Cleveland Clinic retired nurse pool providing COVID-19 vaccines.
Susan is a past president and board member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing and has taught the ambulatory certification review course for more than 20 years for AAACN and for 5 years with Relias. She is certified in Ambulatory Care and as a Nurse Executive, Advanced through ANCCDisclosure: Susan Paschke, MSN, RN, BA, AMB-BC, NEA-BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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