A Self-Analysis as a Leader

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A Self-Analysis as Leader
Renee Rhodes
Wilkes University

A Self-Analysis as Leader
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). Mission Statement:
My mission as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) provider is to lead through providing compassionate, comprehensive quality care while focusing on the unique needs of pediatric patients, their families and community, regardless of race, sex, sexual preference, social status, or religion. As a nurse educator I am committed to promoting students’ critical thinking and technical skills while cultivating in them a desire for life-long learning and safe, responsible practice. Vision Statement:

My vision is to continue strengthening and advancing my professional practice environment which fosters:
* holistic patient care
* safety and quality patient care delivered through evidence-based practice * mutually respectful and collaborative interdisciplinary relationships * autonomy, empowerment, and accountability

* professional development and educational opportunities for life-long learning * other staff to become mentors and leaders in our ever changing health care system * participation in professional organizations

My vision as a nurse educator is to continue to inspire, encourage, and teach other nursing professionals the skills they will need to succeed in today’s changing and expanding health care arena. Values:

I was fortunate to have been raised by two loving parents who are still married after 45 years. They taught us right from wrong and never let us get away with doing wrong. We were raised in the Christian church and brought up to always see the goodness in everyone regardless of the color of their skin or the social status in which they lived. We were taught to value family, friendship, education, opportunity, and life in general. Through our activities, celebrations, vacations, and unfortunate heartaches we were a support system for one another and continue to be.

My mother has always had empathy for those who were in need. Our house was constantly filled with people, many who had nowhere else to call ‘home’. This was especially true during the holidays. She could not stand to think of someone spending those times alone. This open door policy still continues today not only in my mother’s house, but mine and both of my sisters’ homes as well. I am so thankful my mother instilled in me that same compassionate attitude. I know these life experiences shaped me into not only the person I am today, but the professional I am as well.

While working in a small rural 40 bed hospital I wore many different hats. Many nights I would leave a delivery to assist with a cardiac arrest. During these times I found I was extremely fascinated by examining the patients’ lab work, x-rays, and other diagnostic tests and began to try and discern the diagnoses, treatment options and prognoses. I began to pay more attention to detail when assessing my patients and was eager to relay pertinent information I discovered to the provider. This is when I began to realize I wanted to do something more and advance my nursing profession. In deciding to become a nurse practitioner (NP) I knew I could build upon the core values I already possessed: care, compassion, patience, independence, confidence, integrity, sincerity, intuition, and a desire for life-long learning. I believe all of these characteristics are also what have molded me into the transformational leader I am today. According to Medley & Larochelle (1995), a transformational leader possesses charisma, individualized consideration for their staff, and displays intellectual stimulation of others. There are times my virtues of kindness and optimism are put to the test when dealing with other leaders or parents who yell and curse in fits of rage. However, I always strive to be a model of...
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