week 12

Choose one provision from the ANA Code of Ethics. How is ethical behavior an integral part of being a nurse leader? How does one display the characteristics of a role model with this provision? Do ethics influence the leadership style of the nurse leader?

Angelina response
I chose professional responsibility in promotion a culture of safety from the ANA Code of ethics. “Nurses must participate in the development, implementation, and review of and adherence to policies that promote patient health and safety, educe errors and waste, end establish and sustain a culture of safety” (ANA, 2015). Nurse leaders are responsible for promoting health and safety within their department and organization. Nursing leaders can ensure that polices and guidelines are in place to help protect the patient. Nurse leaders also need to have a system so that followers can report errors and near misses. “Nurses must establish processes to investigate causes of errors or near misses and to address system factors that may have been contributory” (ANA, 2015). With this information nurse leaders can use this information to improve process to help prevent further errors. Nurse leader also need to create an environment of justice culture and where nurses feel like they can speak up about concerns. Also, leaders need to create an environment that is safe for nurses to work. One can be a role model within this provision by setting an example. Reporting errors or near misses, speaking up about unsafe conditions, and creating an environment of justice culture.
I personally think that ethics can influence the leadership style of the nurse leader. Ethics play an important role in guiding the nurse leaders’ ethical behaviors. Ethical leadership can lead to a positive and effective outcome for the organization. I think ethics can influence a leadership style because they are going to go for a leadership style that encompass the principles of ethics. Ethical nurse leaders are going to create an environment that impacts the organizations behaviors and values.
American Nurses Association (ANA) (2015), “Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements,” located on the ANA website. https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/nursing-excellence/ethics/code-of-ethics-for-nurses/

Sheri response
Ethical behavior is an integral part of being a nurse leader. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) (2015), ethics refers to the formal study of that morality from a wide range of perspectives including semantic, logical, analytic, epidemiological, and normative. A nurse leader can role model characteristics with this provision by displaying moral behavior, a consistent fair approach, and doing the right thing. Ethics can influence the leadership style of the nurse leader. Each situation a leader is different. Leaders need to be able to discern the needs of the situations and develop a plan to overcomes barriers or obstacles. Being authentic, transparent and fair is imperative. There are times when a servant leadership approach is best suited but other times a transformational approach may be required.
I choose provision six from the ANA Code of Ethics. The nurse through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality healthcare (ANA, 2015). I believe a healthy work environment promotes satisfaction with employees. When employees feel safe and protected, they tend to be more productive, engaged, and have increased retention. Especially at these unprecedented times, followers need this more now than ever. I find being fair, honest, respectful, and consistent with my staff and remaining calm helps reinforces this to the staff. As a result, quality patient outcomes and patient/physician/employee satisfaction remain high. As a nurse leader, demonstrating integrity, patience, compassion, clear communication, and supplying clear policies and procedures help to set expectations preface a safe work environment. The environment that is fair where followers will feel valued, will nurture excellent nursing practice.
American Nurses Association (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Silverspring Maryland. Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/EthicsStandards/CodeofEthicsforNurses/Code-of-Ethics-For-Nurses.html.

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