Nurse managers need business acumen, clinical leadership and self-empowerment.
Given that up to 70% of staff in hospitals, aged and community care settings are managed by nurses, it makes sense to develop the nurse manager’s:
- Business acumen, so they manage their units like a successful business, making solid business decisions and governing for the future
- Clinical leadership, so they drive evidence-based, high quality care
- Sense of empowerment, so they have the courage and confidence to make autonomous decisions, and enable and empower their staff, fostering person centred care (or in the case of aged care – consumer directed care).
As nurses move from novice to expert clinicians, they often get promoted to associate unit manager or even unit manager. And rather than continuing the journey as an expert, they slip back to novice or advance beginner as a manager. Unless they are mentored, or given the right training, they may well have been promoted to their highest level of incompetence (Peter Principle) and it can take them quite some time to climb the skill ladder again. In the meantime, they often feel threatened, stressed out and struggle to deal with the demands of the job. There is nothing more demotivating than feeling like you can’t do your job well.
The Australian Academy of Clinical Leadership is to deliver the Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51915). This Diploma was designed on the basis of feedback from the industry. It provides the business skills, clinical leadership and empowering mindset to make your managers multipliers.
The team who delivers this program are nurses who have on the ground experience of leading and managing in health, community and aged care, leading small and large scale changes, managing businesses, people and programs. This program is unique because it takes nurses through a nationally recognised Diploma, and applies it to their work context. We focus on the issues they are facing as a manager, and develop solutions that work in practice, improve their organisation as they build their skills and confidence.
If you want to know more, or would like to design a program that is delivered at your organisation then get in touch with us. Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the brochure, and please feel free to forward this to anyone you know in this position.