· Describe your nursing background
including education and career.
I was in
9th grade when I fell sick and had to get admitted in a hospital.
Over there I met a nurse who took care of me only at night shifts. One night
I couldn’t sleep and questioned her what made her nurse? She answered with a
warm smile on her face that a care which a nurse gives to a person at the end
of life where a person’s own family members and loved ones can’t care then
anymore. It’s a nurse who stands with that individual and believe in her art
of care. It was time when I promised myself that I will be nurse. Then I
chose medical field for my 11th and 12th grade followed
by nursing entrance exams. I was lucky to get admissions in one of the
biggest hospitals in north India. My batch for B.Sc. Nursing was 2011-15.
During my graduation I participated a lot in national and state level
competitions like roleplays, dances and debates. Also, I got selected as
secretory of student Nurses Association in 25th National
Conference held in 2014. After completing my graduation, I was lucky to get
hired in the same institution from where I studied in EICU department as a
staff Nurse, RN. I served my institute for 6 months meanwhile, I was
preparing myself to go to abroad/ Canada and increase the application and
knowledge of nursing I bear. I came to Canada in 2016 and chose Palliative
Care diploma to study and understand the end of life nursing care. See, how a
nurse in my 9th grade changed my life and made me ambitious to
study and understand end-of-life. After completing my Palliative program in
January 2017, I chose Gerontology as my second course. Meanwhile I got
opportunity to work as Medicine Care provider in Retirement home in Milton. I
also passed my CPRNE exam in October and looking forward to get my
registration done with CNO. Soon I am planning to give my NCLEX exam as well.
This is my journey till here and looking forward to my nursing career.
List your strengths and weaknesses as it relates to
becoming a leader.
Strengths- My biggest strength is I trust in me. I
trust that whatever I will plan will not harm my client. The some other
strengths are listed below-
-Knowledge- I try to acquire as much knowledge as I
can before make any decisions.
-Try to know different options of a problem.
-Talk with everyone and discuss the ideas.
-Honesty- I am honest and say what I believe.
always try to see things in a positive manner.
Weaknesses- I know I have some weaknesses that sometimes hinder
in way. Some of those are-
-I am too emotional and cry very easily.
-Still I feel there is yet a lot to learn.
-I cannot handle too many project at once.
-I am not good in humor that sometimes make me
feel that I make other person feel things are boring.
Analyse your ability to obtain your desired
leadership style according to your strengths and weaknesses
Democratic Leadership Style- I personally feel that Democratic leadership style
fits me the most as I talk and discuss about a problem and try to know as
much options as I can. Also, my strength is that I feel accountable for what
I do, so having and choosing is best option is my priority. Also, I love to
work in a time oriented manner and complete things on time with best and
positive results. As I have stated in my weaknesses that I am too emotional
so, being democratic will help me choose different options and will also save
me from taking any decisions emotionally.
Utilizes Leadership concepts and principles
Nursing is art of care involves direct face to face
interaction between nurse and client. Hence, it’s obvious when it comes to
leadership principles nurses share the top leadership skills and principles.
Some of the concepts and principles that I will utilize are enlisted below
with explanation of how I will utilize them.
– Commit to excellence- To always provide best
nursing care to our patients irrespective of the environmental changes
sometimes becomes the most challenging part for nurses but to always stick
with the fact that quality of care is my aim and to do good is what I am here
for will definitely promote client health status.
-Create and develop leaders- Leaders are made, they
are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of
us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. (Vince Lombardi)
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This can be achieved by practice, knowledge,
hardworking, experience and role-modeling. I will try to be a leader in
nursing field when I am enough confident that I bear enough knowledge
regarding projects and I can guide my fellow nurses in right direction.
-Focus on employ satisfaction- This is what I
strongly believe as leader. If my employees will not be satisfied with their
jobs and not happy of what they are doing then definitely, this will affect
the quality of care. Our own self needs to be satisfied before starting any
work and to give 100% outcome. This is called personal satisfaction.
-Communicate with all levels- As nurses we provide
direct care to patients and we cannot decrease the quality of care at any
cost. Discussing the client status is very important with all the health professionals.
Any change in state of health should be and needs to be reported and
discussed. Nursing is all about patient care.
List Leadership opportunities and activities
Head Nurse, Patient Care
educator, Middle level management, Chief Officer, CEO, President.
Activities- There are different activities that can be used to
highlight different leadership skills are as follows-
Aboard. Participants are required to build a “boat” using pieces of wood,
mats, or any other materials available, and then all must stand on the “boat”
at once. As pieces of the “boat” are removed the team must endeavor to
occupy the ever diminishing space as best they can. This activity helps
to encourage communication, problem solving and critical thinking.
The participants are asked to
blindfold one team member and then create a ‘minefield’ of obstacles to
negotiate around or over. Using only specified communication
techniques, for example only being able to use the words left, right, forward,
and backwards, the other participants must guide the blindfolded person
through the ‘minefield’. This activity can be set in an elaborate
outdoors environment or simplified in a regular office space; it is great for
enhancing communication skills and building trust.
Human Icebreaker. This
simple activity is great for breaking the tension in a room and helps
encourage discussion and contribution, creating a sense of connectivity.
The participants must come up with a series of questions relating
to people in a general way, for instance “Who is left handed?” The
participants then have to find team members who meet the criteria of the
question. The participant with the most answers after 10 minutes
wins. This is an excellent activity for developing inter-personal
skills and communication.
You Admire. Essentially
this activity involves participants divided into groups and discussing
leaders they know or know of and why they admire them. Groups come back
together for a larger discussion and communication session at the end.
An activity that helps define desirable leadership characteristics and
improves team bonding.
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three short term smart goals in your Action Plan
The three short term goals are listed below-
I will pass my NCLEX exam in
I will try to get a full time
job in nursing field.
I will try to overcome my
weaknesses and look again at my leadership plan at end of 2018 and cut of the
Develop three long term smart
goals in your Action plan
to be a nurse practitioner in the field of old age care in the next 10 years.
to be a nursing professor in any reputed college or university.
to attend national nursing conferences and want to participate in some
research projects for improving quality of life.
Describe how you will overcome
There are different methods
of overcoming weaknesses and the three different methods are listed below-
Method no. 1- Identify
weaknesses- List the different
unfavourable outcomes in life.
-Finding common threads to these events.
-Always ask for feedback
-Think of things I want to change in my life.
no. 2-Redefining the weaknesses- Asking oneself how each weakness serves me.
-Using strengths to overcome weaknesses.
-Rely on the network that I have made so far.
-Working on areas to strengthen the weaknesses.
Method no. 3 Working through weaknesses- Develop a plan.
-using strengths to build up the confidence.
-Always remember to count on each and
· Evaluate your Leadership plan
challenge to every individual is how to evaluate the effectiveness of what
he/she is been planning is working or not for him/her. I am very particular
about my goals and always try to plan out things and create a time frame to
achieve goals and work hard to achieve those goals. Some of the ways in which
I evaluate my goals are achieved or not are enlisted below-
back after every 3 months- This is major for me as I believe whenever I check
my plans and how close I am to achieve my goals it kind of boost me more to
work little more harder as I can see myself how far I have come in my
journey. So looking back to my goals after every 3 months is my priority.
record of things right in front of eyes- I usually post my goals on the
refrigerator wall and keep on checking time to time of what I have achieved.
So, I when I achieve my goals I remove it from there and add to my
achievements file. In this way it helps to keep a record of all the things I
have so far in my life whether it belongs to nursing profession or personal
innersole- this is what makes my soul to differentiate in what is right and
what is wrong. Taking to innersole is very important. This helps in boosting
the morale and gives more motivation to achieve goals. Also, it gives
strength to oneself to fight with difficult situations we are facing.
– Re-think after every 6 months- looking again
to goals and thinking of do I need to change something helps me to achieve
what I want. Its human nature, our thoughts, views and perception keeps on
changing from time to time. So, binding our self to certain goals and always
wanting to achieve those goals irrespective of what is happening in the
personal and external world is not correct. If some change is required in our
goals for betterment of our personal satisfaction I will always go ahead.
-Nine principles of successful
nursing leadership. (2017, November 22). Retrieved January 03, 2018, from https://www.americannursetoday.com/nine-principles-of-successful-nursing-leadership/
-Oliver, L. L., & W. (2017,
June 28). How to Overcome Your Weaknesses. Retrieved January 03, 2018, from https://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Your-Weaknesses
-Home. (n.d.). Retrieved January
03, 2018, from https://www.bestmasterofscienceinnursing.com/5-leadership-jobs-in-nursing/
-Leadership Training Activities.
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-Vince Lombardi Quotes. (n.d.).
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