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Reflective Journal – Week 2.

1/19/2020

Hi everyone, this is the second week of classes and everything is going well. As you can see I shared with you all my DISC personality results, as well as qualities of nursing leaders. Go ahead and check it out if you haven’t yet! For this entry I will reflect on the week, and share some of the information that I have learned.

First, the unit that we covered this week was about leadership. I learned many things about leadership through different assignments. One of the most important points I learned this week is that anyone is able to be a leader; they might have their own leadership styles as well. Just from taking the DISC personality tests it was apparent that the greatest organizations have a combinations of different types of leaders. I was also unaware of the different theories of leadership. Leaders can be distinguished into a different theory, or how an individual can perceive a leader can be put into a theory. Ultimately, a leader should be approachable, put the team first, and carry out decisions based upon members of the team.

Second, we had a group assignment this week where we discussed as a team who the leaders were based off a list of people. Of those people included Abe Lincoln, Buddha, Thomas Jefferson and so on. Due to this activity it allowed me to really determine who leaders are and who act more as inspirations, and how to differentiate the two. It was interesting listening to the different opinions from the people on the list, and it did change how I looked at leaders. Because of this group assignment it really helped me to look past accomplishments of people to determine if they are leaders, and to figure out what exactly they did for other people. Working as a group it was also interesting to see everyone’s leadership skills. This group assignment worked so well because I have a great team!

Third, I will be able to utilize this information going into my nursing practice. Just being aware of all the characteristics of great leaders such as getting opinions from teammates, maintaining integrity and honesty, and creating a positive atmosphere is going to improve my leadership immensely. I also understand what makes a poor leader, and can stray away from some of those characteristics such as blaming others, not owning up to mistakes, and having a lack of transparency. I also learned that as a leader, you need to be able to work with other leaders. This is so important in nursing as all your co-workers will have leadership-like characteristics, so you need to be able to work together.

Finally, this was such an interesting topic to cover. As a nurse I am going to have to act as a leader for many people – coworkers, patients, members of the community and many others. I wish that I had a whole section on leadership in high school and my previous college when I was performing in different sports as a captain. It would have helped me become a better leader for the team. Being as this is one of the first topics of this semester it is so useful. I will be working as a new graduate nurse soon and can implement it into my new job. Like I said, anyone can be a leader, however I think it requires experience and getting oriented with different situations to be a GREAT leader.

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Examples of Nursing Role Activities – Characteristics of Leaders

1/19/20

1. Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses are required to be proficient in many skills and assessment techniques. Nurses demonstrate leadership as they master their unique skills and educate themselves throughout their whole nursing career (My American Nurse, 2012).

2. Leadership is about values – Nurses establish their care based upon their ethics and values. By following their values such as showing honestly, altruism and autonomy, they show, possess, and are a prime of example of harnessing leadership qualities (Poorchangizi, Borhani, Abbaszadeh, Mirzaee & Farokhzadian, 2012).

3. Leadership is about service – Nurses exemplify leadership when they serve because they strive for patient satisfaction. They put the patient first, listen to their needs, and help develop the best plan of action to carry out (My American Nurse, 2012).

4. Leadership is about people and relationships – Nurses are leaders when they strive for and maintain healthy relationships with patients and coworkers by acting as a role model. Nurses are one of the top trusted professions and creating relationships with people is the reason why (My American Nurse, 2012).

5. Leadership is contextual – There will never be a patient situation that is ever the same. Nurses are expected to adapt to different situations, which makes them some of the greatest leaders (My American Nurse, 2007).

6. Leadership is about the management of meaning – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they work together and communicate with all members of the interdisciplinary team to create a better atmosphere for patients (My American Nurse, 2012).

7. Leadership is about balance – Nurses can separate their work and personal life. They can step into work and forget about other stress causing factors and focus all their attention on the patient Putting others before themselves is why nurses convey leadership (My American Nurse, 2007).

8. Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Nurses are always open to learning new skills and improving already known skills. Nurses want to provide the most up to date care and want to seek out the latest best practice. Staying humble and open to learning new information demonstrate how nurses are leaders (My American Nurse, 2012).

9. Leadership is about effective decision making – Nurses demonstrate leadership because they are able to make decisions quickly and efficiently based upon assessment data. They must act fast in some situations, but are also able to piece together more information when needed to make effective clinical decisions (Kase, 2010).

10. Leadership is a political process – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they respect colleagues both of authority and members lower on the totem pole. Nurses understand who the formal leaders are and learn to grow from them (My American Nurse, 2012). More experienced nurses will maintain a higher level of leadership and will pass down their practices to new nurses.

11. Leadership is about modeling – Nurses demonstrate leadership by acting as a role model for other nurses and showing the importance of professional commitment, critical thinking, and creating a safe encouraging environment for others (Poorchangizi et al., 2012).

12. Leadership is about integrity – Nurses show leadership by providing care based on the principles of morality and uprightness. Integrity is a characteristic great nursing leaders have to enhance patient care (Poorchangizi et al., 2012).

References

Kase, L. (2010). Great leaders are great decision-makers. Graziadio Business Review (13) 4. Retrieved from https://gbr.pepperdine.edu/2010/10/great-leaders-are-great-decision-makers/

My American Nurse. (2007). Grooming our future leaders. Retrieved from https://www.myamericannurse.com/grooming-our-future-leaders/

My American Nurse. (2012). Nine principles of successful nursing leadership. Retrieved from https://www.myamericannurse.com/nine-principles-of-successful-nursing-leadership/

Poorchangizi, B., Borhani, F., Abbaszadeh, A., Mirzaee, M., Farokhzadian, J. (2019). The importance of professional values from nursing students’ perspective. BCM Nursing (18). Doi https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-019-0351-1

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DISC Personality Test

1/15/2020

Hello everyone! I completed a DISC Personality Test. It is a test that determines… Well.. Your personality! It is broken up into four different categories:

1. Dominant – Very direct, independent person that likes to take charge, accomplish tasks quickly, and take on challenges.
2. Influential – A people person. Very sociable and gets along with almost everyone – they define themselves by what kind of relationships they possess.
3. Steady – Loyal individuals who want to avoid disagreement at all costs, and enjoy supporting a leader without receiving much appraisal.
4. Conscientious – Individuals who enjoy looking at every detail and also who don’t want to create conflict.

After taking the test it tells you your main personality and gives you a little bit of information on each category. I was given the personality of Influential. It explains that people with this personality are less meticulous about their work, and aren’t doing tasks very well. It also states that people with this personality is important to organizations because they can make newer individuals feel like they are welcome into the family. 

Honestly, I was not surprised that I was given influential just because I am a people person. I want everyone to respect everybody and I am not afraid to talk to anyone. I think a new knowledge that I gained from this is that I do strive on social contact. I am an independent person, however, I would rather have someone there who I can interact with. I think I could disagree on the characteristic of not performing tasks very well, because I think I do perform them well! 🙂 I like to put my full amount of effort into everything I do. This is probably why there are different categories, because I may be most fit into the influential category, but I still pull characteristics out of the other three personalities!

I think after taking this test it can definitely effect my leadership. This test shows that I am a people pleaser, which can be great in a lot of cases, but can also be negative in other situations. I need to find the balance of being the “nice guy” and the guy that let’s someone know when they need to put more effort into their work and relationships. By altering my leadership style this way, I can still create awesome connections with people, but not be a pushover.

Finally, with this knowledge that this test has given me I will look into my relationships with people and try and determine what kind of leadership style they have. If I can try and understand another individuals personality, I can adapt how I connect with them to help better the connection. It might also be fun to have my family and friends take the test to see what kind of personality they are!

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Initial Blog Post!

1/12/2020

Hi everyone! I welcome you to my blog. First, I will tell you a little bit about me! My name is Tanner Trumble and I am a nursing student at Utah Valley University, and will start working as a Registered Nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit in February. My hobbies include anything to do with sports – football, soccer, basketball etc, hiking/camping, watching movies, playing video games, and above all spending time with my first daughter (mini-golden doodle), Willa. My overall goal is to become a nurse anesthetist while owning a business that takes in stray dogs or boards dogs that people can bring in when they leave for town. 

The purpose of my blog is to act as a way to write down information that I learn throughout the semester. By sharing this information with all of you, I am also realizing how much I learned during the week and can figure out what topics I learned the best, and what topics I may need to focus on more. With this reflective journal I am holding myself accountable for my learning. At the end of the semester I can go through and look back as to what I learned during the semester and see my overall growth. Along the way, you (the readers), may even learn something valuable that interests you. My journals will incorporate not only what I learned for the week, but also how it will impact my future nursing career. This first week was introductory for my courses.

I look forward to writing these reflective journals (blog posts) for everyone, including myself, and hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do! 

P.S. This is my little girl Willa with a hat on.

Willa