Tip of the month
Are you strapped in for the roller-coaster ride of change? It is a time when healthcare managers are being asked to do more with less, but to do it faster, safer, and more efficiently. Does this sound familiar to you?
Your greatest influence as a nurse leader comes from your ability to effect change, and in times of financial challenges, change becomes a commonplace activity.So what’s a manager to do?
- Accept change as a normal occurrence, not an exception to daily practice
- Recognize that some of the processes, people, and systems that will be let go need to be left behind
- Enlighten staff members that change is a constant
- Model the change you are trying to create
Your capacity to lead staff members through change will determine organizational effectiveness. Reach out to your manager, a mentor, a professor, or any other resource that can offer the support you need and deserve for the times ahead. Carve out space in your schedule to meet with your manager more frequently, even if it is only for 15 minutes. And be sure to work with other nurse managers, as they may be able to offer you guidance.
Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, Health Resources Unlimited (www.hru.net). Adapted with permission.