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1 The Leadership Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse
Chapter 4 The Leadership Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse

2 Learning Objectives Differentiate between leadership and management.
Describe leadership styles. Discuss leadership theories. Discuss management theories. List tips for effective management. Describe the role of the licensed vocational nurse as a team leader.

3 Leadership versus Management
Terms leadership and management used interchangeably but have different meanings Leadership is broader and more futuristic; management is more local and task focused Leadership: inspiration; management: perspiration Ideally, leadership and management complement and build on each other

4 Leader Creates a vision that energizes others to follow
Guides or shows the way to others Clarifies values for groups that, when combined with vision, create a mission for the group Formal leaders and informal leaders Inspires people to strive to accomplish particular goals by doing the right thing Sees beyond the here and now to what might be and is internally driven toward that vision What are examples of a formal leader and an informal leader?

5 Manager Assigned or appointed; focuses on the organization’s day-to-day work Driven by external organizational rewards Provides means to achieve organization’s goals by doing the thing right Gets things organized so the leader’s vision can be achieved

6 Leaders and Managers Leaders and managers must have certain characteristics to be effective Competence Ability to gain respect of those who work with them Ability to communicate with others Ability to motivate others Understanding of what others consider important and why they behave as they do Willingness to reinforce motivation, enhance positive outcomes, and provide multiple motivators

7 Leaders and Managers Good leaders and managers seem to have certain characteristics in common Ability to set realistic goals Willingness to try out new ideas Ability to think positively

8 Figure 4-2

9 Autocratic Leaders Authoritarian, directive, or bureaucratic
Achieve goals by setting objectives and having them carried out without input from others Believe they have complete authority and should not be questioned Do not encourage individual initiative or cooperation among members of the organization Task oriented, making decisions independently and issuing orders to those working with them This style of leadership does not work well in many situations; in other situations it is necessary During an emergency, one person must take charge When an autocratic leader hires an autocratic manager, a power struggle is likely to occur. When would an autocratic leadership style be justified?

10 Democratic Leaders Focus on the individual abilities of each member
Encourage input into the problem-solving process Decisions often are made through group consensus All are informed of the organization’s goals and direction; input has a direct relationship to attaining goals Instead of power struggles, democratic leaders turn problems over to the group to manage Lead by suggestion rather than by domination Persuade and teach rather than rule Group members are satisfied because they help manage the decision-making process What is participative leadership?

11 Laissez-Faire Leaders
Opposite of autocratic leaders Provide little or no directive leadership Individuals are allowed to do anything they want with no direction from administration Result: people do not know or care about what they are supposed to do and may lose initiative and desire for achievement May work well with a highly motivated, focused group

12 Multicratic Leaders Cross between autocratic and democratic leaders
Sometimes called situational leaders Present their own views to group members, who provide criticism and comments Analyze group feedback and then make final decisions Work well within a group as well as in emergency situations, when events need to be handled quickly Response not as quick as under autocratic leadership Group members assist the multicratic leader with setting goals, thereby achieving for themselves a sense of empowerment and control

13 Transformational Leadership
In a well-functioning group that shares a common vision, leadership will flow among the members based on the task or problem at hand and the members’ individual skills All group members are leaders and followers May not replace reporting lines or formal job responsibilities, but it may be very effective in identifying the best option at the moment and in energizing others to take action because they are very involved in the decision-making process What is the quantum theory? Experience, personal values, individual personality, maturity, and education may influence how one sees a situation as well as what solutions are identified.

14 Classic Management: Theory X
Assumes that people in the workplace Find no pleasure in their work Dislike responsibility Are naturally lazy and prefer to do nothing Work mainly for the money Work only because they fear being fired Are basically childlike and like being told what to do Do not want to think for themselves Are not capable of making decisions for themselves According to theory X, people have these characteristics; thus, they want to be directed and controlled Who developed theory X and theory Y? Leaders who adhere to the X theory of management usually have an autocratic style.

15 Classic Management: Theory Y
Assumes people are dynamic, flexible, and adaptive Believers in this theory assume that people Are active and enjoy setting their own goals Work for personal rewards other than money Are productive because of their own goals Are mature and responsible Are self-directed Accept responsibility Care about what they are doing Are constantly striving to grow According to theory Y, people like their work when they know what is expected of them and when their work gives them satisfaction Leaders who adhere to the Y theory of management usually have a democratic style.

16 Classic Management: Theory Z
An organizational philosophy and structure Grew out of the times when most employees were related to one another and worked together for the good of the company rather than for individual gain Focus is on participative management based on mutual trust and loyalty Employees frequently remain with the same organization for their entire career, learning all areas of its operations and merging their individual success with that of the organization Where did theory Z originate? Leaders with a democratic management style often are able to fit into this type of management.

17 Classic Management: Theory Z
Involves all workers in every phase of the operation of the company: planning, organizing, decision making, and problem solving All group members have similar abilities and status; may be rotated to perform different duties Group members know and understand organizational objectives and methods of achieving them Results in greater efficiency and satisfaction among members of the workforce

18 Figure 4-1

19 Functions in the Management Process

20 Planning First step in the management process
Entails deciding in advance what needs to be done and how to do it A good plan for carrying out their care must be developed to provide effective care for patients Two important components of planning are decision making and problem solving

21 Decision Making and Problem Solving
Identify the problem Sometimes the problem is obvious, but other times underlying issues make the real problem less obvious Explore all aspects of the situation to identify the real problem Seek answers to such questions as who, how, when, and why

22 Decision Making and Problem Solving
Explore all possible solutions This is a creative process that can involve other people in the health care setting Brainstorming sessions may be held to obtain input from a variety of sources

23 Decision Making and Problem Solving
Choosing the most desirable action for solving the problem, to select the best solution Consider whether the action is likely to accomplish the objectives of the organization Determine whether the action increases effectiveness and efficiency and whether it is realistic to implement it

24 Decision Making and Problem Solving
Implement the decision Communicate with other people who are involved in the organization to gain their support for the action Express the decision in such a way that others support rather than oppose it How can antagonism and negative feelings be avoided?

25 Decision Making and Problem Solving
Determine how the results will be evaluated Written tools, such as audits or checklists Verbal or written feedback from individuals in the organization or from patients who are receiving the care If the chosen solution to the problem is not satisfactory, another alternative can be selected and tried, followed by another evaluation.

26 Organizing Second step in the management process
Must be a formal structure or organization to ensure that individuals carry out actions in the most efficient and effective manner Helps develop order, promote cooperation among workers, and foster productivity

27 Organizing Develop objectives Establish policies and procedures
Guide the process of planning and organizing Establish policies and procedures Provide guidelines for carrying out the objectives Make appropriate staff assignments The most qualified people should be assigned to activities and tasks that will achieve the objectives May involve the development of job descriptions, performance standards, and staffing patterns

28 Directing The third step of the management process
Make assignments and direct people to carry out the assignments Explain what is to be done, how it is to be done, and why it is to be done Making assignments is related to patient care Assignments should be made carefully so that the skills of assigned personnel match patient needs Important to estimate the difficulty of the task and the time needed to complete the care Help and additional instruction should be provided In nursing, making assignments is related to patient care. How many people should be involved in making assignments?

29 Directing One person should be responsible for making assignments, especially with team nursing Assignments must be specific, easily understood, and posted where everyone can see them Staff members should be helped to understand their assignments and the importance of each task Directions must be complete and understandable Give directions in a clear, logical order and limit the number of directions given at any one time Providing written directions increases understanding and compliance Directing people to carry out their assignments requires good communication skills and assertive behavior. Should directions be given in the form of a demand or a request?

30 Coordinating Step of the management process
Pulls together various activities toward a goal Ensures all important activities are being carried out and helps to identify overlap, duplication, and omissions Involves personnel and services You must be sure that proper nursing care is given by the appropriate people

31 Coordinating Carried out within a single nursing unit or among units and departments in a hospital, long-term care facility, or community agency Demands skill in problem solving and decision making Requires good communication skills and an ability to resolve conflicts within an organization Requires an assessment of what all individuals and groups are doing; important for all parts of the organization to function effectively for the good of the whole

32 Controlling The last step in the management process
Ongoing process: activities are analyzed to make sure the plans are being carried out Efficiency and effectiveness are evaluated Purposes of controlling are to determine whether there are enough staff and supplies, the operation is economical, and the objectives have been achieved Controlling is fundamentally a form of evaluation Controlling has three basic steps Establishing standards and objectives Measuring performance and comparing results with standards Remedying any deficiencies in the caregiving operations

33 Controlling Continuous quality improvement
Quality assurance (QA), continuous quality improvement (CQI), and total quality management (TQM) used in relation to controlling Measures performance against set standards and expectations and alerts the organization when an action falls below standard QA committees set standards for care and evaluate compliance American Nurses Association, American Hospital Association, and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations set standards for nursing practice and medical care Continually seeks ways to improve nursing practice

34 Conflict Resolution Conflicts arise from differences in many factors, such as beliefs, knowledge, opinions, values, personalities, and backgrounds Creates stress and negative feelings that can adversely affect the work situation May be within an individual (intrapersonal conflict), between two or more people (interpersonal conflict), or between individuals and organizations (organizational conflict)

35 Four Stages of Conflict
Stage 1: Frustration People who believe their goals are being blocked feel frustrated May become angry or resigned to the situation Stage 2: Conceptualization Each party formulates a view of the basis for the conflict Typically centers on perceived differences in facts, goals, how to achieve goals, and the values on which goals are based

36 Four Stages of Conflict
Stage 3: Action The conflict leads to various behaviors that may or may not help resolve the issue Stage 4: Outcomes Goals may be reformulated so they are acceptable to all parties One party may “win,” the other may “lose” Emotions may be positive or negative

37 Modes of Conflict Resolution
Accommodation Collaboration Compromise Avoidance Competition Table 4-5 shows the positive and negative outcomes of each mode What is the key to making conflict resolution work effectively?

38 Tips for Effective Management
Managing health care workers is a complex task Strategies to improve your management skills Take active approach to planning; avoid conflict before it occurs Have a clear vision, communicate it well, listen, and stay focused Emphasize importance of documentation as part of management Treat other health care workers or team members as you would like to be treated yourself Keep confidential information confidential Make employees accountable for their actions and be accountable for yours Seek help and support from a variety of sources LPNs often are asked to assume responsibilities for the care that other staff members give to patients. Who may the LPN be responsible for managing?

39 The Licensed Practical Nurse as a Leader
Team nursing Introduced during the 1950s, when there was a shortage of professional nurses and an abundance of auxiliary nursing staff The team functions by using the skills and knowledge of the professional nurse to direct the care provided by a diverse staff through group action All members have input into the nursing care process by contributing suggestions and sharing ideas

40 The Role of the Team Leader
Functions: plan, set priorities, supervise, and evaluate patient care Responsible for ongoing collection of data about each patient and assistance in determining nursing interventions Ensure that medical orders and plans are carried out and documented Initiate discharge planning, identify referral needs, and facilitate patient education The role of the team leader traditionally was carried out by a registered nurse; however, an LPN may be assigned to the position of team leader, especially in long-term care settings.

41 The Role of the Team Leader
Responsible for keeping care plans current and documenting the nursing care provided Responsible for planning and conducting team conferences and reporting changes to the RN supervisor An LPN who assumes the position can help carry out these responsibilities under the supervision and guidance of an RN

42 Making Assignments You must be able to assign tasks to others and make sure that those tasks are carried out Delegation allows nurses to accomplish nursing care for more clients than one individual could provide alone Delegation (defined by the NCSBN): “the act of transferring to a competent individual the authority to perform a selected nursing task/activity/function in a selected situation, the process for doing the work”

43 Making Assignments Involves identifying specific tasks needed to provide care for a specific person Based on patient needs, available staff, job descriptions, scope of practice for licensed nurses, and scope of functions for nursing assistants When delegating a task, your duty is patient safety Effective delegation: delegating a clearly identified task, identifying patient needs, empowering the staff person to carry out activities to complete the task, and monitoring staff performance Among nurses working in clinical settings, delegation involves “working through others” and assignment describes “what a person is directed to do.” How many state boards of nursing authorize delegation by RNs? By LPNs?

44 Making Assignments Essential elements of effective delegation
Know your state nurse practice act statements on delegation and your institution’s policy and procedures manual Know the training and background of people to whom you delegate tasks Decide which tasks can be safely delegated Evaluate the patient’s response You must find out what the unlicensed personnel know, delegate appropriately, and document the outcomes.

45 Making Assignments Delegate tasks only to licensed personnel
Do not delegate nursing processes to unlicensed personnel. Assessment, planning, evaluation, and judgment cannot be delegated Delegation is specific to each client An unlicensed person who completes a task for one patient cannot do the same task for all patients Delegation is also situation specific You delegate a task for one patient in one situation

46 Accident Prevention and Safety
Every health care facility must meet minimal safety regulations established by law in addition to those adopted by the agency to meet its unique needs All staff members, particularly the team leader, should learn these regulations during job orientation The team leader should know the regulations and be sure that staff members are aware of them

47 Accident Prevention and Safety
Everyone must understand procedures to follow in case of disasters such as fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes Everyday safety issues related to handling equipment, using proper procedures, and working with potentially dangerous drugs must constantly be addressed to be sure that knowledge and skills are up to date

48 Accountability Team leaders demonstrate accountability for their own actions as well as those of their staff Individuals are answerable for their actions and may be called on to explain or justify them Team leaders are legally responsible for all nursing care and documentation RN team leader is responsible for ensuring that proper and accurate charting is carried out for all nursing assessments, interventions, and evaluations Involves communicating patient needs to others through both oral and written interactions

49 Accountability Guidelines for clear and complete reporting
Organize the report before beginning Give the patient’s room number, name, age (if appropriate), diagnosis, and physician Provide a brief account of each patient’s condition, including new or changed orders Refer to vital signs, temperature elevations, intravenous fluids, and intake and output as relevant The LPN is usually responsible for reporting to the RN in charge but may be only indirectly responsible for the report. What is the key to good communication?

50 Accountability Guidelines
For patients receiving pain medication, note the drug name, dosage, prescribed frequency, time of last administration, and effectiveness Cover the necessary information for preoperative patients, including the preoperative teaching, the time of preoperative medications, completion of surgical checklists and the like

51 Accountability Guidelines
Give information about postoperative patients, including the time of arrival from the operating or recovery room, general condition, vital signs, intravenous fluids required (e.g., kind, rate of flow, fluids to follow), dressings, voiding, diet, nature of breathing, coughing, and type, location, and patency of tubes

52 Characteristics of an Effective Team Leader
Has skills in leadership, management, and supervisory techniques Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing Works well with others; shows that others’ input and suggestions are valued Understands how to build an effective team The leader’s possession of these qualities leads to greater satisfaction among the staff and a higher quality of patient care.

53 Characteristics of an Effective Team Leader
Strategies to build an effective team Establish a clear purpose Listen actively Be compassionate Be honest Be flexible Be committed to conflict resolution What must you understand to be a good team leader? A team is a group of people who need to work together to achieve a goal or task; for nursing it is delivery of care to patients.

54 The LPN as Charge Nurse Depends on LPN’s state nurse practice act
Common for LPNs in long-term care to fill this role Most states require that written protocols and procedures be in place and that the LPN work under the general supervision of an RN The LPN who is placed in a charge position is expected to have adequate preparation to perform competently. What should the LPN be able to do to function as a charge nurse?

55 The LPN as Charge Nurse LPN must have adequate preparation to perform competently Requires education, training, and/or experience beyond the basic LPN educational program LPN must assign patient care, assess patients, delegate tasks (as permitted by state law), receive and give shift reports, and handle common workplace issues


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