Every nurse is a leader – Invest in your personal development
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) President Susan Schneider encourages nurses to evaluate their leadership skills and identify areas for professional growth
In all their various roles, nurses serve as leaders. Using the ONS Leadership Competencies Model, Schneider described how leadership skills are important at the individual, group and governance levels. So, no matter if a nurse is in a clinical setting or in a boardroom there are skills that can be fostered to enhance your leadership abilities.
Effective leadership involves vision, knowledge, personal mastery, systems thinking, and interpersonal effectiveness. Competencies and strategies were presented for nurses in their individual practice settings, for those who are leading groups and for individuals who are serving in a governance role. Participants evaluated their leadership skills and Schneider discussed how developing these skills can benefit their patients, their professional growth, and their place of employment.
Participants evaluated their leadership competencies on the individual, group and governance levels. They identified areas for professional growth and recognised how EONS’ programmes and resources can foster that growth. For example, a clinical nurse who wants to advocate for improved care for individuals experiencing fatigue may refer to the Euro PEP guidelines to increase her or his knowledge and as a resource to advocate for implementing an exercise programme for patients. At the group level, a nurse researcher may apply for an EONS Travel Grant to help them to develop a research team to conduct a study on medication adherence, for example. At the governance level, a nurse leader may work with a board of directors to learn strategies in change management in order to facilitate organisational improvements.
You can evaluate you own competencies. Refer to the ONS Leadership Competencies. Do a self- assessment and identify ways to strengthen your leadership skills.