A Nurse Administrator
A nurse Administrator is also known as a head nurse and performs several administrative roles including supervising staff nurses, recommending policies and making various changes that give help in implementing the proposed changes. This paper is about an interview carried out on a Nurse Executive to find out whether the individual meets all the standards of a Nurse administrator. The interview revealed that the individual had several qualities and skills such as leadership skills, decision-making and critical thinking skills that are of the essence in order to perform Nursing Administration roles. The individual was also highly qualified and had the several credentials necessary for a Nurse Administrator.
A nurse administrator is a registered nurse whose role is to manage all the activities of nursing in addition to assigning duties to nurses and arranging for visiting and training patients. This paper will show the findings of interviewing a nurse executive in order to determine how the individual meets the scope and standards for Nurse Administrators.
The nurse executive had a clinical master’s degree in nursing which emphasized in administration field, according to the interview. This is recommendable for an individual to qualify as a Nurse administrator. The other supporting evidence is that students who have high chances or possibilities of supervising nurses and different programs are those with a master’s degree in nursing (Wolper, 2010).
A successful nursing administrator should have the ability to make things happen and also be able to enjoy and cope with challenges associated with the act of improving things. The interview revealed that the nurse executive was a determined individual who was ready to face any challenge and could initiate different projects or make things happen. This fact proved that the individual could make a perfect Nurse Administrator. The Nurse executive portrayed a high degree of perseverance and self-discipline and both of these virtues are of the essence in order to play a Nurse Administration role. Perseverance enables a Nurse Administrator to meet or achieve the long-term goals and objectives (American Nurses Association, 2004).
According to the interview, the Nurse executive had many years experience in practicing registered nursing which included providing patients with direct care in a home-health setting. The many years experience could enable the Nurse executive to perform the recommended duties of a Nurse Administrator. Moreover, the executive had worked as an Administrator and supervisor in hospice care and hence gained experience in performing administrative roles (Wolper, 2010).
According to the interview, the Nurse Executive had good decision-making skills and could make fair judgment. One of the key responsibilities of a Nurse administrator is financial decision making and the ability of the Nurse executive to make fair judgment and decisions proved that the individual could perform Nursing Administration functions or responsibilities. The other point that is worth noting is that the Nurse executive had the ability to plan. One of the key roles of Nurse Administrators is to develop and plan the various policies and procedures with regard to nursing. Hence, the Nurse executive’s good planning skills qualified the individual for Nursing Administration roles (Roussel, Swansburg and Swansburg, 2006).
The other information obtained from the interview is the willingness of the Nurse executive to assist individuals facing variety of problems. Since a Nurse Administrator is also a registered nurse, he or she should assist families, individuals, groups and even communities to achieve emotional, physical and even spiritual health being. As per the interview, the willingness of the Nurse executive to assist individuals proved that the individual could also be a perfect Nurse Administrator (Rousell, 2006).
The Advocacy, teaching and counseling experience of the executive as revealed in the interview also proved that the individual could perform Nursing Administrative roles. One of the functions of a Nurse Administrator with regard to registered nurse functions is to counsel, teach and advocate individuals with the aim of enhancing their well-being and health. Researching skills are also vital for an individual interested in the field of Nursing Administration. This is due to the fact that Nurse Administrators are involved in performing research related to the field of health and nursing practice. According to the interview, the Nurse executive had exceptional researching skills which could enable the individual perform administrative roles (American Nurses Association, 2004).
One of the tests aimed to know the Nurse Executive’s definition of health. The individual defined health as the level at which a group or person can realize aspirations, cope with the environment in which they reside and satisfy needs. This is how a registered nurse should define health and hence the interview proved that the Nurse executive qualified to be a registered nurse in addition to a Nurse Administrator (Rousell, 2006).
The other test was aimed to inquire whether the Nurse executive had knowledge on the various determinants of health. The response gotten from the individual was that the determinants of health include social status, employment, education, working environments, genetic factors, health care system among other determinants. This proved that the Nurse Executive had relevant and enough knowledge on health issues and hence qualified to be a Nurse Administrator (Wolper, 2010).
The interview also tested to find out whether the individual knew the domains within the registered nursing profession. According to the interview, the Nurse Executive identified all the four domains within the profession of registered nursing which are administration, clinical practice, research and education. Knowledge of these domains proved that the individual was aware that nursing administration was one of the domains within registered nursing and hence could stick to the scope and standards of registered nursing professions (American Nurses Association, 2004).
The Nurse executive had good communication skills according to the interview. This proved that the individual could perform the role of a Nurse Administrator which involved communicating policy and knowledge to an individual and communicating them. According to the interview, the Nurse Executive portrayed exceptional leadership skills. The role of the Nurse Administrator is to staff administration and various other leadership roles. Therefore, the possession of leadership skills and capabilities showed that the interviewee could perform assigned roles as a Nurse administrator (Wolper, 2010).
A Nurse Administrator should support nursing leadership and this is achieved by ensuring that there is accountability and autonomy for the practice of nursing in the given practice environment. The interview revealed that the Nurse Executive had the ability to ensure that there is accountability and autonomy within the nursing practice and hence it showed that the individual qualified to be a Nurse Administrator. The other scope of Nurse Administrator is to ensure that support systems such as technologies, research and education programs are in place. According to the interview, the interviewee had perfect organizational skills which proved that the Nurse Executive could organize and ensure that the support system were in place and hence fit for the Post of the Nurse Administrator (American Nurses Association, 2004).
The interview could actively play different management roles which qualified the individual for the post of a Nurse Administrator. Managing health care delivery services and also representation of nursing services is the responsibility of a Nurse Administrator. Therefore, it is evident that the interviewee could perform this role excellently as a Nurse Administrator. The other important skills that a nurse administrator has to have are critical thinking skills in addition to the ability to empower registered nurses. The interview proved that the Nurse Executive could think critically and make rational decisions and hence was fit for the Nurse Administrator post (Rousell, 2006).
In conclusion, all these findings obtained through interviewing a Nurse Executive proved that the individual could perform the designated roles of a Nurse Administrator. It also proved that the individual met all the standards required for Nurse Administrators.
American Nurses Association (2004) Scope and standards for nurse administrators (2nd Ed.). nursesbooks.org, American Nurses Association.
Roussel, L., Swansburg R.C, & Swansburg, R.J (2006) Management and leadership for nurse administrators (4th Ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Wolper, L. F (2010) Health Care Administration (5th Ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.