As leaders in healthcare organizations, it is often a nurse manager’s responsibility to be a driver of change. And while effective leaders work hard to help release creative energy within their facilities, staff must understand what is valued in order to support this.
When attempting to create an environment that enhances change and supports innovation, consider the following questions:
- Is there consistency in beliefs and assumptions among those who leave your facility?
- Do staff members believe rewards are distributed equally?
- Do management tempers frequently flare up?
- Are management behaviors consistent, or do staff members always have to be alert for the decision of the moment?
- Do you support innovation and change?
- Is your approach consistent, or does it reflect the issue of the moment?
When trying to influence change it is also important to seek information and advice about best practices from outside your facility. If you are able to look objectively at yourself as a leader and at what you value, you will be more successful as a change agent.
What else should nurse managers consider when trying to create an environment that supports change?