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Assignment Description:

It is important for nurse leaders to engage with other nurse leaders to understand professional roles. It is expected that you will spend substantial time with your nurse leader, shadowing them in their position, observing them go about their day, and interviewing them.

You will engage with and interview a nurse leader. The interview can take place before, during, or after the shadow period or can be on a different day. Choose a nurse leader who holds a leadership nursing position in their organization who have direct reports (they supervise other employees). Examples of this include: Director of Nursing, Director, Unit Manager.

Identify information that you want to know before the interview and plan clarifying questions.

Before your interview, prepare a list of 10 questions you wish to ask the nurse-leader. (

You must include at least one question about technology/informatics)

. Attach this list of questions on a separate page and submit together with your essay.

Conduct an interview regarding their professional role in the organization, and a current health care issue that is of interest to you (ethics, conflict management, budget, staffing, culture of safety, “just culture”, career advancement, quality improvement, etc.). Identify the name of the organization and use names of all involved (no anonymity).

Prepare a written report of the interview

Essay Expectations:

Paper should be between 750 to 800

Does not include references

APA Style in-text citations and references where appropriate

Minimum of 2 scholarly references to support your data

Sample questions below


Feel free to vary the content of the questions to fit your interview:

Please define the nursing and inter-professional teams that function in this facility/ unit?

Please provide an example of a nursing practice that has been changed in the last year based on current best practice.

What do you consider to be your biggest challenge?

What do you love most about this job?

Why did you choose this job?

What other nursing departments have you worked/or other jobs did you ever do?

How would you define your company’s culture?

How would you describe your role in hiring and staffing decisions?

What is your leadership style?

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