Week 8: Reflection

What specific knowledge of the healthcare environment and leadership skills that you gained through this experience will be most important as you take on your future nurse-executive role? Describe a concrete way in which you anticipate using these skills and knowledge.

How will you use the concepts in this course to identify, guide and evaluate your final MSN practicum project?

Please review the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) nurse executive competencies (refer to the Week 1 lesson) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Nursing Administration Standards of Professional Performance (refer to the Week 7 required reading: Marquis, B.L. & Huston, C.J. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins). Share how these will influence you as a nurse leader.

Scholarly references to support your response are required.

Week 8: Introduction

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Welcome to Week 8!

This week, we will reflect on the last 7 weeks of the course and share and discuss the final assignment submission of the Executive Summary. Congratulations on your hard work during the course. I hope you have acquired new knowledge and have been challenged as a current or future nurse leader. Let’s get started.



Examine effective verbal and written communication; utilizing communication skills of the professional role to promote and improve quality and safety in healthcare. (PO1, PO2, & PO5)

Weekly Objectives

  • Examine the utilization of communication skills in an executive summary.

Week 8: Reading

  • Due Sep 1 by 11:59pm
  • Points None


Continuing education: National guidelines for nursing delegation. (2016). Journal of Nursing Regulation, 75-14. doi:10.1016/S2155-8256(16)31035-3

McCance, T. & Wilson, V. (2015). Using person-centred key performance indicators to improve paediatric services: An international venture. International Practice Development Journal, 5, 1-7.

Week 8: Lesson

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Executive Reflection


As we begin this week’s lesson, we will reflect on the course content over the last seven weeks, with a specific focus on quality of care and share and discuss the executive-summary assignment you completed and submitted last week. Your peers will post their executive-summary assignments to seek peer input and feedback. Participating in the planning and responding of various issues and areas of a professional practice environment through feedback are skills the nurse leader will utilize frequently.

Quality of Care

Throughout this course, we have become familiar with various aspects of the nursing-administrator, or nursing-executive role and various influences that affect aspects of the role and outcomes related to this role. Decision making and problem solving occur on a daily basis as a nurse leader. Being self-aware of your strengths and areas of opportunity can be helpful to grow and become a better leader. As we discussed throughout the course, a transformational-leadership style can provide many benefits to the organization. It is important that you establish a leadership style that works for you in your respective setting, knowing, this style may change or have to be adapted, according to the various situations you encounter. Using the vision and mission statement for the organization, in conjunction with your personal vision and mission for healthcare, is vital to assist in planning strategic goals for the organization and your individual area.

Time to reflect…

Take time, at least annually, to reflect on your personal leadership style, vision, mission, and goals. Keep notes and refer more frequently as needed. When was the last time you did this inventory? Are you overdue?

Listen to these reflective thoughts from the Course Leader:

Hi this is Dr Diana Meeks and this is our time to reflect take time at least annually to reflect on your personal leadership style your vision your mission your goal. Keep notes and refer more frequently as needed and I know I’ve mentioned this earlier throughout some of our time to reflect and think about when was the last time that you did this inventory I know for some about who’ve been leaders for quite some time it may have been two years five years maybe we’ve never you know done that so are you overdue to reflect on this as something I highly encourage and I recommend because things change constantly you can change constantly your staff can change your organization your patient your patient mix you know various changes occur and we’re moving at light speed so and keep notes on this as things change whether it be you know in a word format Excel spreadsheet even a you know if you want to write it or or in your phone but keep track and it’s you know it’s nice to go back sometimes to reflect to see where things were and where things are going forward so that’s something that I just recommend to you and I would encourage you if if you have a mentor if you don’t have a mentor I encourage you to get one but a mentor to help you along your leadership track and someone you can email call text or whatever just to catch up every now and again I would also encourage you as an nurse leader to participate in organization community organizations to be at the table of decisions that are being made and also sit for your certification exam that’s certainly holds a lot of credibility and it just shows that you’ve actually kind of taken a step further to be certified in the area as an nurse executive So thank you very much and this was our time to reflect.

Empowering members of the team to harness their talents and creativity is one way to encourage their individual growth and growth for the organization and engage them. A team’s culture, collaboration, and motivation can have a direct effect on the outcomes of an organization, which can influence the quality of care (Marquis & Huston, 2017). As a nurse leader, supporting a culture of safety and continuous performance improvement supported by research and evidence-based practice techniques can support a positive culture for your team and patient care.

As the nurse leader, choosing a nurse-practice model that is a good match for your organization’s mission, vision, and goals can help facilitate the various outcome measures required by internal and external forces. Many of these forces focus on quality of care and other areas of improvement. Earlier in the course, we discussed the Forces of Magnetism and how these may impact the outcomes of an organization. As we discussed last week, there are various agencies that require specific data to be monitored and reported.

Time to reflect…

As a nurse leader, how can you support your team toward the culture and outcomes you desire? What leadership or clinical innovations could support this journey?

Listen to these reflective thoughts from the Course Leader:

Hi this is Dr Diana Meeks and this is our time to reflect as a nurse leader how can you support your team toward the culture and outcomes that you desire what leadership or clinical innovations could you support and help with this journey so these are various things that as you meet different people meet different products attend conferences just listen to staff listen to others collaborate with peers just think about those various things then think again reflect on your or your mission vision your goals yours personally and for the organization and research you know try to think what you would like to see your vision and how could you get there with your current organization think about where things are short term and long term and funding opportunities areas for growth.

Again just a lot of reflection as a nurse leader you’re going to be exposed to various thing so it’s good to network and good to make connections and again keep notes. You know there are various things that maybe there’s something that you encountered or wanted to do but it wasn’t right it won’t be right for maybe a few years down the road but keep it keep filed keep notes on that so that you have that information but always you know keep reading keep learning keep up to date on various things and build your team and continue to nurture your team and grow your team in a manner that you want but thank you so much for our time to reflect.

Executive Summary

As we discussed last week, the executive summary is a written, nonverbal communication tool used to share concise information related to a specific goal or area (Roussel, 2016). Utilizing this communication tool can be beneficial to provide an overview of a new change or process or share information related to various accrediting or licensing bodies. This summary format can assist in translating data into information and disseminating it to various levels within the organization to aid action planning on any identified quality issues.

Summary and Wrap Up

This week, we reflected on the course content over the last 7 weeks; specifically, sharing and discussing our executive summary and providing feedback to peers. The nurse administrator role is vital to healthcare organizations to oversee the various processes and measures that facilitate continuous quality improvement and quality of care.

Hi Welcome to week 8 my name is Dr Meeks I’m the course leader for NR five three one so congratulations you’ve made it to the end of the course. Kudos to you for that and I hope everyone has had a enjoyable session just wanted to do a little synopsis of week 8 so week eight the focus of the lesson was on quality and specifically the executive summary and after completing the executive summary you should have uploaded that into one of the threaded discussions for the rest of your peers to see and you’re going to be commenting and sharing comments back to your peers so it’s a great way to learn a lot of great information.

Also too please if you have not done so please complete the end of course surveys I welcome those because I look at that and get feedback from you I really want to hear your input on how we can improve the course if there’s anything we need to add anything we need to change I do welcome your recommendations we want to make sure that we’re meeting your professional goals then and anything regarding the assignments or even the program are great to put it at the end of course surveys and then also to just another tidbit to share with you that is Nurse leaders we need to be sitting at the table for a lot of discussions we need to have input and I would encourage you if you’re if you’re not already a member of a professional organization and even take a more participatory position so keep that in mind as well and also be thinking too as you complete a program about sitting for a certification as a nurse executive Those are great ways to add credentials to you and also just one way of showing that you do have that extra information and again when you’re sitting at the table you.

Can you know share that as well you know with peers and with others but again I hope you’ve enjoyed the course and please provide any feedback and all the best on the next course that your going to be taking and all the best in your future endeavors as a nurse leader so thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.


Marquis, B. L. & Huston, C. J. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application. (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Roussel, L., Thomas, P., & Harris, J. (2016). Management and leadership for nurse administrators. (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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