Leadership and the Graduate Nurse Role

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Leadership and the Graduate Nursing Role Leadership and the Graduate Nursing Role My survey results indicate that my leadership style is participative. This result fits me well in my beliefs because I always encourage input from group members and take their opinions into consideration but make the final decision myself. According to definition of Lewin’s leadership style (as cited by Cherry, n.d.), it is to accept input from one or more group members when making decisions and solving problems, but the leader retains the final say when choices are made. Group members tend to be encouraged and motivated by this style of leadership. Input from group members with specialized knowledge and expertise provides a more complete basis for decision-making and hence this leadership style often leads to more effective and accurate decisions. There are many attributes of leadership required for a graduate nurse (GN) role. The graduate nurse leader has to be a visionary; able to think outside the box, anticipate changes and act in a timely manner. The GN should be committed and willing to take calculated risks based on available information. He/She should be an effective communicator; able to interact and motivate the followers to individual and organizational excellence. The GN has to be a good boundary manager to effectively collaborate with other disciplines and form coalitions. The GN needs to have global awareness and demonstrate respect for the cultural, racial, and ethnic differences of individuals and constituencies in any given situation (Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, & O’Grady, 2014). According to Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, & O’Grady (2014), conceptualization of APN leadership involves three distinct defining characteristics: mentoring and empowerment, innovation and change agency, and activism. I believe that working as a charge nurse in hospital and

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