Conduct an interview with a Nursing leader which includes but is not limited to VP of Patient Care Services, Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Charge Nurse, Team Leader or someone in another type of designated leadership position. Obtain the following information during your interview.
General Background information:
GenderEducational PreparationWork HistoryMemberships in Professional OrganizationsNetworking strategiesWhat characteristics should a leader possess?
Do you feel as though you possess these characteristics?
Are there any aspects of leadership that you feel you lack or could improve on existing qualities? How has your outlook and/or behaviors changed over the years?
How do you deal with change?
What do you think will be the greatest challenge for professional nurses in the next five years?
How do you support or advocate new ideas?
What role do you play in performance improvement initiatives?
What is your role as a preceptor or mentor?
Who are you students or “mentees”?
Does anything motivate you to continue to precept or mentor, if so, what?
Do you have a choice in being a mentor or is it expected as part of your employment?