NRS 415 Benchmark – Applying Leadership and Management Principles

NRS 415 Benchmark – Applying Leadership and Management Principles

Assessment Description

The purpose of this assignment is to analyze the various approaches nursing leaders employ when addressing issues in practice.

Select an issue from the following list: workplace violence, workplace injury, unit restructuring, floating, nurse turnover, nurse staffing ratios, or use of contract employees (i.e., registry and travel nurses).

In a 1,000-1,250-word paper, discuss the following:

  1. Describe the issue you selected. Provide data to support how this issue impacts the quality of care in the setting in which it occurs.
  2. Using research evidence for support, present one possible solution that could be implemented to address the issue. In your discussion, be sure to include financial considerations as they relate to implementation of the solution.
  3. Describe a leadership style that would best address the issue.
  4. Discuss how this leadership style compares to your personal leadership style.
  5. Compare two different leadership theories that could be applied to resolution of the issue. Explain how each theory would be effective in addressing the issue.
  6. Discuss the nurse’s role within an interdisciplinary team in promoting patient quality and safety while fostering professionalism to address this issue.

You are required to cite a minimum of three sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be appropriate for the assignment and relevant to nursing practice.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

RN-BSN

10.3: Develop capacity for leadership.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

This assignment aligns to AACN Core Competencies 1.1, 2.5, 2.9, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 7.2, 10.3.

Benchmark – Applying Leadership and Management Principles

Healthcare facilities should be safe care environments for patients and healthcare providers. A dominant feature of such workplaces is the absence of issues that inhibit nurses’ health and productivity. Unfortunately, workplace issues of varying types and magnitudes still occur in nursing. Understanding their causes, manifestations, and solutions is crucial for nursing professionals and leaders. In the dynamic nursing profession, visionary leadership is essential to guide healthcare providers in designing and implementing sustainable solutions for practice issues. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the various approaches nursing leaders employ when addressing issues in practice.

Selected Issue in Nursing Practice

Workplace violence is a significant issue in nursing that cannot be overlooked at any time. Its prevalence is high and can potentially hamper care quality and patient care if not effectively controlled. Yosep et al. (2023) described workplace violence as an incident leading to staff abuse, threat, or assault when working. Such incidents include aggressive behaviors from patients, intimidation, and harassment. Healthcare statistics show that approximately 76% of healthcare professionals experience some form of violence, with physical violence being as high as 33.4% of the reported incidents (Yosep et al., 2023). The impacts are profound, underlining the need for robust, evidence-based interventions to identify, prevent, and report workplace violence. Among victims, workplace violence is associated with high job stress, dissatisfaction, and burnout (Kafle et al., 2022; Bernandes et al., 2021). These outcomes hamper nurses’ work life, decreasing productivity and care quality. Fear, poor nurse-patient relationships, and high turnover intentions are typical in nursing environments characterized by regular incidents of workplace violence.

Workplace violence is an occupational hazard detrimental to nurses’ health and well-being. Its prevention should be prioritized in healthcare settings while empowering nurses to respond effectively. A possible solution that could be implemented to address workplace violence is a zero-tolerance policy (Kafle et al., 2022). Such a policy ensures that healthcare institutions and employees do not tolerate workplace violence of any form, including abuse, incivility, and bullying. Implementing a zero-tolerance policy denotes outlining what it constitutes and formulating guidelines on its reporting and disciplinary actions against perpetrators. From a financial perspective, policy implementation is not costly since it requires clear laws and procedures to guide and regulate behaviors. However, organizations should set aside some finances for counseling victims and regular educational programs on workplace violence.

Benchmark – Applying Leadership and Management Principles – Rubric

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Rubric Criteria

Total200 points

Criterion1. Unsatisfactory2. Insufficient3. Approaching4. Acceptable5. Target
Selected Issue in Nursing PracticeDescribe the selected issue and how it impacts quality of care and patient and staff safety.0 pointsA description of the selected issue and how it impacts quality of care and patient and staff safety in the setting in which it occurs is not present.9 pointsA description of the selected issue and how it impacts quality of care and patient and staff safety in the setting in which it occurs is incomplete or incorrect.9.48 pointsA description of the selected issue and how it impacts quality of care and patient and staff safety in the setting in which it occurs is present but lacks detail.10.68 pointsA description of the selected issue and how it impacts quality of care and patient and staff safety in the setting in which it occurs is detailed.12 pointsA description of the selected issue and how it impacts quality of care and patient and staff safety in the setting in which it occurs is thorough and includes relevant supporting details.
Leadership Style to Address Issue (B)Describe a leadership style that would best address the chosen issue and why this style would be successful. (C10.3)0 pointsDescribe a leadership style that would best address the chosen issue and why this style would be successful. (C10.3)27 pointsA description of a leadership style that would best address the chosen issue and why this style would be successful in this setting is incomplete or incorrect.28.44 pointsA description of a leadership style that would best address the chosen issue and why this style would be successful in this setting is present but lacks detail.32.04 pointsA description of a leadership style that would best address the chosen issue and why this style would be successful in this setting is detailed.36 pointsA description of a leadership style that would best address the chosen issue and why this style would be successful in this setting is thorough and includes relevant supporting details.
Leadership Theories to Address IssueDiscuss two leadership theories that could be applied to resolve the issue and how each theory would be effective.0 pointsA discussion of two leadership theories that could be applied to resolve the issue and how each theory would be effective in addressing the issue is not present.27 pointsA discussion of two leadership theories that could be applied to resolve the issue and how each theory would be effective in addressing the issue is incomplete or incorrect.28.44 pointsA discussion of two leadership theories that could be applied to resolve the issue and how each theory would be effective in addressing the issue is present but lacks detail.32.04 pointsA discussion of two leadership theories that could be applied to resolve the issue and how each theory would be effective in addressing the issue is detailed and provides examples.36 pointsA discussion of two leadership theories that could be applied to resolve the issue and how each theory would be effective in addressing the issue is thorough and provides substantial supporting detail and examples.
Medical Errors and a Just CultureExplain how the issue can lead to medical errors and the nurse’s role in sustaining a just culture reflecting civility and respect.0 pointsAn explanation of how the issue can lead to medical errors and the nurse’s role in sustaining a just culture reflecting civility and respect is not present.21 pointsAn explanation of how the issue can lead to medical errors and the nurse’s role in sustaining a just culture reflecting civility and respect is incomplete or incorrect.22.12 pointsAn explanation of how the issue can lead to medical errors and the nurse’s role in sustaining a just culture reflecting civility and respect is present but lacks supporting detail.24.92 pointsAn explanation of how the issue can lead to medical errors and the nurse’s role in sustaining a just culture reflecting civility and respect is present and provides supporting detail.28 pointsAn explanation of how the issue can lead to medical errors and the nurse’s role in sustaining a just culture reflecting civility and respect is thorough and provides substantial supporting detail.
Nurse’s Role Within Interdisciplinary TeamsDiscuss the nurse’s role within interdisciplinary teams in promoting safety while fostering professionalism.0 pointsA discussion of the nurse’s role within interdisciplinary teams in promoting safety while fostering professionalism to address the issue is not present.21 pointsA discussion of the nurse’s role within interdisciplinary teams in promoting safety while fostering professionalism to address the issue is incomplete or incorrect.22.12 pointsA discussion of the nurse’s role within interdisciplinary teams in promoting safety while fostering professionalism to address the issue is present but lacks detail.24.92 pointsA discussion of the nurse’s role within interdisciplinary teams in promoting safety while fostering professionalism to address the issue is detailed.28 pointsA discussion of the nurse’s role within interdisciplinary teams in promoting safety while fostering professionalism to address the issue is thorough and includes relevant supporting details.
Thesis, Position, or PurposeCommunicates reason for writing and demonstrates awareness of audience.0 pointsThe thesis, position, or purpose is not discernible. No awareness of the appropriate audience is evident.10.5 pointsThe thesis, position, or purpose is unfocused or confused. There is very little awareness of the intended audience.11.06 pointsThe thesis, position, or purpose is discernable in most aspects but is occasionally weak or unclear. There is limited awareness of the appropriate audience.12.46 pointsThe thesis, position, or purpose is adequately presented. An awareness of the appropriate audience is demonstrated.14 pointsThe thesis, position, or purpose is clearly communicated throughout and clearly directed to a specific audience.
Development, Structure, and ConclusionAdvances position or purpose throughout writing; conclusion aligns to and evolves from development.0 pointsNo advancement of the thesis, position, or purpose is evident. Connections between paragraphs are missing or inappropriate. No conclusion is offered.10.5 pointsWriting lacks logical progression of the thesis, position, or purpose. Some organization is attempted, but ideas are disconnected. Conclusion is unclear and not supported by the overall development of the purpose.11.06 pointsLimited advancement of thesis, position, or purpose is discernable. There are inconsistencies in organization or the relationship of ideas. Conclusion is simplistic and not fully aligned to the development of the purpose.12.46 pointsThe thesis, position, or purpose is advanced in most aspects. Ideas clearly build on each other. Conclusion aligns to the development of the purpose.14 pointsThe thesis, position, or purpose is logically advanced throughout. The progression of ideas is coherent and unified. A clear and logical conclusion aligns to the development of the purpose.
EvidenceSelects and integrates evidence to support and advance position/purpose; considers other perspectives.0 pointsEvidence to support the thesis, position, or purpose is absent. The writing relies entirely on the perspective of the writer.9 pointsEvidence is limited or irrelevant. The interpretation of other perspectives is superficial or incorrect.9.48 pointsEvidence is used but is insufficient or of limited relevance. Simplistic explanation or integration of other perspectives is present.10.68 pointsRelevant evidence that includes other perspectives is used.12 pointsSpecific and appropriate evidence is included. Relevant perspectives of others are clearly considered.
Mechanics of WritingIncludes spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, language use, sentence structure, etc.0 pointsErrors in grammar or syntax are pervasive and impede meaning. Incorrect language choice or sentence structure errors are found throughout.9 pointsFrequent and repetitive mechanical errors are present. Inconsistencies in language choice or sentence structure are recurrent.9.48 pointsOccasional mechanical errors are present. Language choice is generally appropriate. Varied sentence structure is attempted.10.68 pointsFew mechanical errors are present. Suitable language choice and sentence structure are used.12 pointsNo mechanical errors are present. Appropriate language choice and sentence structure are used throughout.
Format/DocumentationUses appropriate style, such as APA, MLA, etc., for college, subject, and level; documents sources using citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., appropriate to assignment and discipline.0 pointsAppropriate format is not used. No documentation of sources is provided.6 pointsAppropriate format is attempted, but some elements are missing. Frequent errors in documentation of sources are evident.6.32 pointsAppropriate format and documentation are used, although there are some obvious errors.7.12 pointsAppropriate format and documentation are used with only minor errors.8 pointsNo errors in formatting or documentation are present.