Communication is Key to Nurse Manager Success

A nurse manager has a complex and challenging job that involves coordinating a team of nurses and professionals to work together to provide high-level quality of care. A successful nurse manager will effectively communicate with staff giving staff a common vision, mutual understanding and unity of direction of the department.

Having the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively is one of the most valuable traits of successful nurse managers. Nurse Managers must convey information to staff in a clear and concise manner. The staff should be clearly informed of hospital expectations and any new policies or procedures that need to be implemented.

Being able to communicate with all different personalities is a challenging task that not every nurse manager has tackled. Research has shown that having the ability to communicate with the various different groups creates a collaborative and warm working environment, which creates high-level patient care. It is critical for healthcare organizations to evaluate where poor communication lies and offer programs and team bonding exercises to help promote team collaboration. This can be a challenging task, although if overcome this can be a nurse manager’s key to success and can greatly enhance clinical performance.

Team building activities help make nurses coordinate and work with one another building a sense of unity among the nursing staff. Encourage positive team bonding and team spirit through these two interactive and collaborative exercises and be one step closer to a successful nurse manager!

Role Play: This exercise teaches nurses that when the staff collaborates and analyzes symptoms together quality care can be improved and they can reach a common goal.

Monthly Outings: In order to work as a cooperative team nurses need to have personal relationships with one another. Most nurses are so busy with their day-to-day lives they do not take the time to get to know one another personally and this can create isolation between staff. To improve the team relationships, schedule monthly bonding events outside of the work environment.