effective leadership and management in nursing

time management
– no one manages time but we can determine how we use it
four principles of time manamgnet
– planning** MOST IMPORTANT, save time if done well
– prioritizing (goals and objectives)
– delegation
– communication
barriers to time management: organizational factors
– job enlargement- organizational structure that can affect time demands
– flatter organizational structures- positions combined with managers having more staff to supervise
– other work enlargement conditions
barriers to time managment: time wasters
– interruptions
– meetings without a clear purpose
– goals, objectives, and priorities that are not measurable
– plans without time parameters
– disorganized files or papers
= time logs, not analyzed
– tasks/activities that can be delegated
– waiting or others
– inability to say no
methods to enhance time management: time logs
– examine planner/appointment book to determine how you spend your time
– determine time wasters/activities which could be delegated to others or eliminated
make time to obtain goals
– goals provide a guide, time frame, and a way to measure accomplishments
goal categories
– professional
– financial
– social
– entertainment
– physical
– lifestyle
– community
– spiritual
short term goals
– list short term goals that oyu plan to accomplish within the school year
– list short term goals that you plan to accomplish in a professional nursing role
managing goals
– identify objectives to be achieved
– describe specific activities necessary to achieve these objectives
– estimate time required for each activity
– determine planned activities for concurrent action versus sequential
– identify activities that can be delegated
losing sight of objectives is a time waster
– huge time waster
– nurse as a leader must set and maintain outcomes to focus the course of action
– periodically review objectives to be met to use time productively
prioritizing: urgent and important
– a patients condition becomes life threatening and you have other patients who need your care so you need to prioritize patient whos condition is worsening first
– delegate to other employees within their scope of practice
minimize routine work
– chunk it up
– assign a time every day to work on it and don’t leave it all for the last day
– plan and schedule times for paperwork
– sort paperwork for effective processing
– send every communication online
– analyze paperwork frequently
– handle paper once
self discipline
– establish realistic commitments to effectively manage time
– explain to your superior how being overloaded will have consequences on your assignments
– communicate your own needs to others

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