Running Head NURSING LEADERSHIP PEER REVIEW 1
NursingLeadership Peer Review
Thehealthcare setting consists of many professional groups, specialties,and departments with complex contacts between them. Leadershipcapitalizes on this diversity in the system as a whole and employresources when creating an operational process while motivating staffto work towards a common goal (Al-Sawai, 2013). The informationprovided is based on the views of Paul Smith a pharmacist, on thecomponents of professionalism and leadership under stewardship,advocacy, authenticity, power, and influence.
Accordingto P. Smith, (personal interview, October 26, 2016), his role as ahealth care team member is that of a pharmacist, and his duty is tooversee a safe and cost-effective medication treatment management.This is done through product selection, route selection, safemedication administration, dosing, observing for the desiredtherapeutic outcome, and preventing medication errors. He educatespatients about new drugs and their discharge prescriptions, andincluding clear indications for each patient medication to eliminatenursing and physician confusion concerning the use of drugs are alsosome of his duties. He finally checks for allergies, druginteractions, and other potential problems.
Professionalismis a deep commitment to developing and improving one`s skills beingcompetent, exercising integrity and honesty, self-regulation,accountability, and a constant effort to sustain the image of hisprofession. Professional responsibility motivates him to respect therelationship between the pharmacist and each patient, and promote thewellness of each patient by being caring, compassionate andconfidential, acting with integrity and honesty with all professionalresponsibilities (P. Smith, personal interview, October 26, 2016).
Respectingthe values and abilities of your colleagues, maintaining aprofessional competence by treating patients in a dignified andsupportive manner and serving everybody without prejudice ordiscrimination are all acts of professionalism. Other acts includepromoting a safe cost-effective use of medications, collaboratingwith other health providers to improve the quality of healthcare byadhering to set policies, guidelines, and procedures. Beingaccountable for one’s personal actions, decisions, andrecommendations, recognizing personal limitations and seekingassistance in issues that exceed his experience, and participating ineducational opportunities to expand professional competence (P.Smith, personal interview, October 26, 2016).
Accordingto P. Smith, (personal interview, October 26, 2016) leaders arestewards of healthcare because they bring together all healthcareprofessionals to ensure the quality of care. They ensure that thehealthcare organization is financially and operationally capablethrough managing the issues of staff by planning, directing, andcoordinating medical and health services. Leaders also teach thecommunity on matters health and direct alterations that conform tochanges in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.
Leadersshould exercise professional advocacy for in that role they protectthe client’s and staff’s human and legal rights. Authenticityshould be employed because colleagues will value their decisions forthey are true and based on an ethical foundation. Power and influenceshould rarely be used for employees rarely produce quality serviceunder pressure. A good leader should employ advocacy, authenticity,and power in regulated measures and colleagues will be happy, workwillingly and give their best (P. Smith, personal interview, October26, 2016).
Mr.Smith’s opinions and arguments are valid because professionalismaffects how people do their work (Stonehouse, 2015). Leaders shouldpractice the servant form of leadership which enhances the strengthof a group, creating confidence and providing satisfactory qualityservice to patients (Trastek, Hamilton & Niles, 2014) consistentwith Smith’s opinions on leadership.
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