There is a critical need for more effective nursing leadership if nursing practice is to advance. Evidence supports the need for ongoing and interactive leadership development supported by a positive relationship between nursing leadership and patient and organizational outcomes.
Nursing leaders at all levels are challenged to develop effective leadership skills that will have a positive influence in a dynamic and uncertain practice environment. A critical attribute of the role of the nurse leader is the ability to mitigate problems associated with nursing job dissatisfaction and sub-optimal performance outcomes while contributing to the stability, growth, and effectiveness of the profession.
Many nursing leaders find it difficult or do not have the skills necessary to provide clarity and direction within the work environment, coordinate effective staff development programs, promote effective communication and continuity of care, develop and implement nurse-focused strategic initiates, or influence interdisciplinary collaboration including nurse-physician relationships.
NAA promotes nursing leadership that works to minimize obstacles within organizational structures which enable the development of creative, adaptive, and learning environments. Evidence supports the need for nursing leaders to be involved in the planning and decision-making strategies associated with operational affairs, staffing development, delivery of care, and interprofessional relations.
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