Supervisor Interview




Thework of a leader is to ensure direction, commitment, and alignmentwithin teams and organizations. Making sure that quality is met,feedback is constantly attended to, and promote the development ofknowledge and improved ways of working (West, et al., 2015). Theviews of Sarah Lindsay on professionalism, stewardship, professionaladvocacy, and the use of power and influence by leaders is measuredup against Paul Smith’s to find similarities and differences.

Accordingto S. Lindsay (personal interview, October 26, 2016), her roles areassistant director, nurse educator for a resource team, and asupervisor. Professionalism is the characteristics that a personobtains or possesses for them to be proficient or skilled at theirrole. As a great nursing leader, professionalism has enabled her tostimulate and inspire her staff and her peers to grow and alwayslearn within nursing. She utilizes her expertise and knowledge whichinclude nursing skills and proficiency tools to complete her assignedjobs and motivate others through leading by example. Working in ahealthcare setting, she is accountable for the staff, patients andtheir loved ones. This vast expanse of her responsibilities can onlybe managed by being professional. Through advice and example, Lindsayhas been able to motivate her team and her peers into workingtogether in harmony and within the guidelines of the healthcaresystems.

Lindsay(personal interview, October 29, 2016), considers herself a stewardof health care. Her responsibilities as a leader and an educatorenable her to teach by example and mentor her staff and colleaguestowards the betterment of the nursing experience. By being a goodsupervisor and empowering her staff, she enables them to be goodstewards in the future.

Exercisingof professional advocacy, authenticity, and the use of power andinfluence by leaders is important. Nursing is always growing andchanging, and for this reason, it is important that its managersadvocate for the profession for they are at the forefront of changeand are the voices that ensure that nursing is protected andappreciated. The constant changes in health care are shining light tonursing knowledge and skills. Leaders have to use their authority andpower to ensure that the profession is consistent with growth andensure that the influence and importance of nursing to patients andtheir families is maintained (S. Lindsay, personal interview, October29, 2016).

Lindsayas a leader possess the necessary traits for a person in herposition. She is motivated, sees herself as an example, and strivesto be a good steward for the betterment of the quality of care. Hertenacity, initiative, vision and cognitive ability allow her toformulate policies that ensure the improvement of the experience ofstaff and patients alike. Expressing her teams desired image ofauthenticity in nursing, effectively planning for its attainment, andtaking the necessary steps including the use of power and influenceto make the vision a reality. This advocacy of her profession showstrue professionalism (Ahmed &amp Bach, 2014).

Thesentiments of both the supervisor and the pharmacist are constant onthe meaning of professionalism. Smith focuses on skill, while Lindsaywidens it to whatever someone is doing. Both agree that leaders arestewards of healthcare and should engage in professional advocacy andauthenticity. On the issue of the use of power and influence, Smithis of the view that they should be utilized sparingly. Lindsay on theother hand, says that to ensure growth and respect of a professionauthority and influence should be applied (P. Smith, personalinterview, October 26, 2016), (S. Lindsay, personal interview,October 29, 2016). The difference in opinion may be because bothindividuals are on different ends of leadership therefore, each hasa biased perspective.


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