Health care is a field that encourages, and typically mandates, continued professional education. Regardless of the health care setting, nurses who are in, or who are pursuing, leadership positions are challenged with staying up-to-date on current leadership principles, styles, and knowledge. The knowledge, skills, and judgment required in a leadership role are crucial to patient safety and positive outcomes.
Leadership and management are closely integrated roles, yet there are those who are in leadership roles who are not good managers and vice versa. In order to be successful, the two roles must be closely integrated, as both sound management and leadership skills are essential in today’s health care organizations (Marquis & Huston, 2014).
Nurse leaders are tasked with unexpected challenges and must be ready to effectively lead a team—even during uncomfortable times. Unexpected challenges may encompass a variety of circumstances, and regardless of the situation or issue, leaders are expected to lead the health care team in creating a safe workplace and optimal patient outcomes.
This assessment provides an opportunity for you to analyze various leadership styles and their application in a particular situation.
Note: Complete Assessments 1 and 2 before beginning Assessment 3.
PREPARATION
Nurses use multiple leadership styles to effectively manage the health care team. When assessing an appropriate leadership style, one must take into consideration personal style, key stakeholders, the practice environment, and professional or personal biases. With this in mind, research three leadership styles that could be applied to Sleeping on the Job: A Managerial Challenge Case Study Scenario attached to order. Focus your research on the scholarly and professional literature.
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Then consider the following questions pertaining to this scenario:
What are the facts of this case that make this issue worth exploring? (Highlighted issues)
What is the nature of the organizational behavior problem identified in the scenario?
Who are the key stakeholders?
How could this problem affect patient care, safety, or quality?
What are the possible approaches and solutions for this issue?
What challenges might you encounter in implementing the potential solutions you have identified?
If you were the leader in this situation, how would your actions compare to the supervisor who managed this issue?

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