Differentiate essential nursing leadership qualities.
Apply 5 areas of palliative nursing leadership throughout workforce venues.
Develop an individualized leadership competency plan to maximize knowledge, transfer and application.
Leadership in palliative care is characterized by leading others with a clear vision of palliative care initiatives, motivating and inspiring others to achieve excellence in care, positively relating to others to create healthy work environments, and changing the behavior of others to work collaboratively in palliative care (Speck, 2006). Palliative nursing leadership is neither defined nor grounded by level of nursing practice nor education but rather on qualities. These leadership qualities may be attained by any nurse at any level from the bedside nurse, the nurse group leader or organizer, to the nurse in a designated leadership position. The skills of nurse leaders focus on a broad view of nursing and the ability to respond to change proactively, rather than reactively, in anticipating the future landscape (Wolf, 2012). Many organizations have focused time and resources to enhance leadership skills in their staff. These initiatives usually focus on dedicated nurse leadership positions, such as administrators, managers, directors, or executives; however, leadership extends beyond these roles. Leadership within hospice and palliative must exist throughout the spectrum of nursing roles from nursing assistant, to licensed vocational/practical nurse, to registered nurse, and advanced practice registered nurse. To be successful, the nurse leader must assess their personal leadership capabilities prior to moving towards team development and competence. Through didactic, role play, and interactive media, this session will articulate the value of palliative nursing leadership, describe the characteristics of leaders, explore leadership of nurses at all levels of nursing practice, across the spectrum of nursing including clinical, management, education, research, and policy, and delineate necessary skills of the palliative nurse leader.