The first step of the nursing process is assessment, and for good reason. The American Nurses Association defines assessment as “a systematic, dynamic way to collect and analyze data about a client, and it’s the first step in delivering nursing care. Assessment includes not only physiological data, but also psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, economic, and life-style factors as well. (American Nurses Association, 2018).”
Assessment can be applied to every aspect of our lives. What is a problem you are facing that you can’t solve? Have you properly assessed the situation? Is there a different angle that you haven’t considered? For me, I want to improve my skills as a leader. First, I need to assess my leadership abilities to find out where I can improve. Here are some ideas I’ve come across:
- Find a Mentor
Who is someone you look up to at work? What skills do they have that you could emulate? If possible, shadow this person for a day to see what they do differently that makes them stand out. For my BSN, I shadowed a nurse who was in charge of a program that helped teenage moms to avoid a second pregnancy. This was a great experience to see a different side of nursing that involved managing a grant.
- Practice Humble Inquiry (by Edgar H. Schein)
This was a book that was featured during my charge nurse class. To quote Humble Inquiry: the Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, “Humble inquiry involves learning to be humble with respect to ourselves–to honor our human capacity to take in and deal with complexity, to have a broad range of experiences, and to be agile in responding to those experiences. (Schein, E., 2013).” This book focuses on slowing down and doing self-reflecting, becoming more mindful, and building relationships. I highly recommend it!
- Really Figure Out What You Want to Do
What area of nursing are you interested in? Do you have a goal to start your own business or work from home? Ask yourself what you really want to do several times and then focus on the answer. The real answer will come from within and point you in the right direction.
- Work on Your Public Speaking
This is a skill that will be an asset no matter where you go. Find a class that can improve your public speaking, and force yourself to get out there in front of people. In this digital age, when we don’t have to do so much talking, we’ve forgotten about how important it is to face people and make eye contact with an audience. This will help you become a better leader in any area or aspect of your life.
What ideas do you have to become a better leader? Share them with me in the comments!