Developing leadership in nursing involves equipping nurse leaders with the necessary skills to develop a healthy working environment. Research indicates that self-assessment tools and 360-degree evaluations are the key to growing nurse leaders. Such tools help the nurse leader to identify personal weaknesses and strengths. A nurse leader can use these assessment tools to grow his knowledge, abilities and skills in various leadership dimensions.
To advance the development of leadership capacity among emerging nurse leaders, aspects of leadership training should be incorporated at all levels of nursing education and practice. The Institute of Medicine recommends that nurse leaders exhibit their leadership throughout the health care system to advance the development of high-quality patient care.
A nurse leader is responsible for facilitating, coordinating and integrating practices that foster mutual collaboration between health care professionals. Each nurse should pursue opportunities for further professional growth by seeking experiences that develop leadership abilities.
Nursing bodies are tasked with providing opportunities, such as mentoring programs, for nurses at all levels to aid their personal and professional growth. Public and private health care decision-making bodies should include nurse leaders in key leadership positions at all levels, such as on their boards, to represent the nursing profession.