Labor Nurse: Professional Identity and Stewardship

The interviewed peer has a position of a floor nurse as part of the healthcare team. This person specializes in women’s health, particularly labor and delivery. They assist with labor, cesarean sections, epidurals, births, newborn admission, and IUFDs. The interviewee indicates that although their department is considered one of the most optimistic and easiest in the hospital, it is, in fact, a great responsibility.

Labor and delivery are considered a critical care unit which must continuously monitor and react to varying conditions that mothers and newborn children experience. They have an ethical responsibility of considering the health of the mother as well as the fetus. Usually, critical situations in this field are particularly dangerous to the life of the patient. Therefore, strict professionalism and attentiveness are required in order to ensure successful delivery.

The interviewee defines professionalism as the ability to approach any given situation or problem from a medical, evidence-based perspective. Professionalism should be shown in attitude and behavior. That includes, but is not limited to mannerisms, dress code, and ability to handle emotions. A patient-centered approach is essential in order to show respect, provide a high quality of care, and ensure a level of comfort for the patients, so that they can rely on the department staff to protect their well-being.

During the interview, the peer seemed to distinguish between various types of leaders. Those who have climbed the ladder from a basic nurse to administrative positions were more aware of the daily challenges and struggles, for both staff and patients. These leaders were more likely to become advocates for meaningful change that would improve the workplace environment and processes of nursing work.

The interviewee considered these leaders as stewards of health care since they sought to truly deliver the optimal and best quality of care to patients. However, some leaders that acquired their positions through the corporate or business approach, rarely understand the intricacies of healthcare delivery. Their actions are based on financial analysis and other related aspects of hospital operation. In the end, they lack the approach necessary to become stewards of health care.

The interviewee implied that the best and most influential leaders are those that are knowledgeable about the nursing process, practice excellent communication, and have an authentic demeanor. A leader must form a good rapport with the team, where staff can openly voice concerns. However, the leader must also be able to establish a certain level of influence. It is a structure of exchanged support with the team being empowered by the leader and also willing to accept his/her guidance and decision on any given issue.

It was surprising to hear such in-depth perspectives from the peer nurse. They understood the intricate divide between true nursing leaders and corporate board members. That approach essentially defines a leader as a steward of health care. Stewardship is an essential aspect of the future of nursing, which allows preserving the values of the discipline in providing meaningful care to others using all ethical considerations (Milton, 2014).

One of the most critical elements that the interviewee mentioned is the relationship between a nursing leader and their team. It is critical for leaders to carry over the traits of care and compassion that are essential in a nurse. It helps to connect with the frontline staff, particularly in stressful situations. Interpersonal skills are used to drive others towards achieving the highest potential by influencing attitudes and behaviors. It creates a sense of value and respect amongst the team (Pullen, 2016). To conclude, this interview was interesting and insightful.

References

Milton, C. L. (2014). Stewardship and leadership in nursing. Sage Journals, 27(2), 108-110. Web.

Pullen, R. L. (2016). Leadership in nursing practice. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 14(3), 26-31. Web.