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Nursing Leaders and Managers: Staffing Ratios

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Compare and contrast how you would expect nursing leaders and managers to approach nurse staffing ratios.

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The nursing leaders and managers are examined for staffing ratios.

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Leadership and management have been traditionally defined as two completely separate entities. Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group that follows. This makes a leader a spearhead for that new direction. Whereas, management controls or directs people and resources according to principles or values that have already been established. A leader has followers who are inspired by him so much that they "choose" to give up their own ways and follow his leader's footsteps. On the other hand, a manager has subordinates and holds a position of authority vested in him by the company. The subordinates work for him and do as they are told not because of inspiration and sole desire to follow but for a reward (e.g, salary, promotion) in return. A leader's influence is transformational, whereas manager's style is transactional.

Despite these differences, leadership and management go hand in hand. With the paradigm shift to knowledge workers and intellectual capital, the manager's job has not been limited to only getting work done but to nurture skills, develop talent and inspire results. A nursing manager searches for ways to reduce unnecessary administrative costs while continuing to maintain the level of administrative activities required for the provision of safe, effective, high-quality care. On the other hand, if nursing leadership is combined with any degree of management that is authorized by ...

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