Discuss the importance of interprofessional communication as a nursing leader


Discuss a formal role where a nurse is in a position of leadership. Outline the essential responsibilities of that role and the educational preparation required. Explain what leadership traits, styles, or qualities are required to be successful in this role and why.


The influence of leadership can be far-reaching in practice and improving patient outcomes even when not in a formal role. Describe advocacy strategies that you can use as a leader to create positive change in your current workplace. In response to peers, describe a time when you provided leadership and the outcome. Was there anything that you would do differently?















Tiffany Kasten DQ1

The charge nurse in my unit (NICU), makes assignments, solves problems, keeps track of impending deliveries to which we will be invited, makes rounds for status updates, makes sure assignments in the ‘back’ nurseries are reasonable and appropriate. She helps out w/critical pts and admissions; if all three admit nurses are used up, she may have to take the next admit, or try to move babies around to free up other nurses. She does not take a patient assignment unless there is absolutely NO choice. She assigns the “chores”–checking frig temps, meds, transport stuff, calibrating bedside testing equipment–and makes sure they are accomplished. The charge nurse needs to have a lot of patience, good people skills, be able to prioritize in their sleep. He/she has to work w/medical staff, respiratory, ancillary personnel, and the 16-22 or so nurses. They staff for the oncoming shift after making rounds and getting updates on the babies to ensure acuity and proper staffing ratios.

Although there are no educational requirements beside obviously and RN license, most charge nurse positions require applicants to have 2-5 years of experience preferably in that unit before doing so. According to William, “The charge nurse makes assignments and delegates tasks, determining what role each nurse plays within the department. She needs skill in matching employees with the assignments that complement their strengths. She also needs to inspire respect from her employees so they recognize her authority. In addition, a charge nurse sets the tone for the department and ideally sets a positive example for others to follow.”

Williams, E. (2018, December 27). Characteristics of a Charge Nurse. Retrieved from 

Layla Loveless DQ1

Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) are nurses who can practice in any healthcare setting across the continuum of care (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2020). The role of the CNL was developed by the AACN in collaboration with other nurse leaders. Initially, this was done to enhance the quality of patient care and help prepare nurses with the skills they need in a transforming health care system (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2020). A Clinical Nurse Leader can work at the point of care with patients being the center focus, while also collaborating with other caregivers. The role of the CNL can extend to policies, data collection, and payment structures, in order to provide quality care that is the safest for the patient (Southern New Hampshire University, 2018). The AACN recognizes that quality patient care starts at the bedside. However, nursing leadership moves past this to the managerial and administrative levels. To bridge this gap, Clinical Nurse Leaders

This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment. 

The purpose of this assignment is to assess leadership styles, traits, and practices as a nursing professional, establish the importance of effective interprofessional communication as a leader in nursing, and to explore the role of servant leadership in nursing practice.

Read the study materials on leadership and complete the topic quiz activities to better understand your leadership qualities.

Upon completion, summarize and share with your group what you learned about your specific leadership qualities, so you can become familiar with how you are similar and different from your peers when it comes to being a leader.

As a group, review the study materials related to servant leadership. Using what you have learned about the tenets of servant leadership and traits and practices of successful leaders, create a 10-12 slide PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes. Add an additional slide for references at the end of your presentation.  

Include the following in your presentation:

1. Each group member: Create a slide that summarizes your leadership style, traits, and practices.

2. Compare the personal leadership styles of your group members, including commonalities between group members’ strengths and weaknesses.

3. Explain why it is important for nursing professionals to be aware of their personal leadership style, traits, and practices.

4. Discuss what leadership traits and styles are necessary to be an effective communicator. Explain the importance of leaders adapting communication approaches when working interprofessionally (across ancillary departments, vendors, community members).

5. Discuss how nursing professionals can benefit from integrating the tenets of servant leadership to empower and influence others as they lead.

6. Discuss how leaders who practice servant leadership and have a strong understanding of their personal leadership traits can successfully lead others and navigate the unique challenges that are part of nursing and health care. Provide two examples that illustrate your main ideas.

You are required to cite a minimum of three sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years, appropriate for the assignment criteria, and relevant to nursing practice. 

Refer to the resource, “Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations,” located in the Student Success Center, for additional guidance on completing this assignment in the appropriate style. 

Final Assignment Guidance

Hello Class,

This final assignment is a wonderful assignment to discuss leadership styles and comparisons amongst your peers.

Please assure the following slides are included in your assignment:

1.    Title slide

a.    Include title, school, the individuals in the group

2.    Comparison o

Leadership Styles


Autocratic leaders make decisions with little input or consultation from their employees. These hands-on leaders are quick thinkers and are great at delegating tasks and giving directions. 

Strengths: Autocratic nurse leaders work well in emergency situations. It is also useful when enforcing legal policies and medical procedures that protect patient health and safety. 

Weaknesses: Because this leadership style can be associated with negative reinforcement, these leaders are less effective at building team camaraderie, developing trust, or having open communication. 

Autocratic nurse leaders should be sure they keep communication lines open with staff and be aware of their staff’s strengths and capabilities. They should allow team members to voice their opinion, concerns, and ideas without being condescending. 


Laissez-faire leaders offer minimum amounts of supervision and take a “hands-off” approach. While they promote creativity and ingenuity, they typically don’t provide guidance or direction. You can often see this type of leadership style among new or inexperienced nurse leaders.

Strengths: Due to lack of micromanaging, highly-experienced or self-directed nurse teams can thrive under this type of leadership style. Laissez-faire leaders work well in home healthcare and hospice environments, where nurses are highly confident in their skills and can work independently. 

Weaknesses: The Laissez-faire leader encourages employees to set their own goals and solve any issues. New or inexperienced nurses and nurses who need more guidance or hand-holding don’t do well with laissez-faire nurse leaders. 

Laissez-faire leaders should ensure their employees practice safe and competent nursing. 

Democratic leader

A democratic leader encourages feedback, involvement, and communication from team members. Their style is collaborative. They encourage personal and professional growth and focus on team success. 

Strengths: Their style works well in improving quality and processes. This nursing leadership style works well in quality assurance and performance improvement roles and diversity and inclusion roles. 

Weaknesses: When a rapid response is needed in an emergency medical situation — like when a patient codes — these leaders may find it difficult to make quick, independent decisions. Democratic leaders need to be careful to maintain decision-making authority.

Nurses who enjoy getting in-depth feedback, want to grow professionally, and actively participate in decision-making and changes work well with democratic leaders. 


Transformational nurse leaders are visionary. They build engaged teams and