Purpose: DiscussionThing to Remember:Discussion: Opinion LeadersAdjust automatic marking as read settingI chose to further my education in hopes of providing better patient care and education. I want to be seen as an influence and a primary healthcare provider. My goal is to provide specialized high-leveled care to patients with different backgrounds.An opinion leader is someone who has strong influence within a work place giving of their time and experience and creates strategies to help change an initiative. An opinion leader earns their role after much experience and expertise. Others look to them for advice and new information (Hamric Hanson Tracy & OGrady 2014).When problems arise in a work environment employees will look towards opinion leaders and others who will lead them through the stressors and crises. In order to be successful as an opinion leader staff must be committed to serving the organization and devote time for teaching. Patient and staff safety should always be at the forefront. Not one person knows all the answers but once we live through various experiences our abilities and competence improve and widen (Kai Tiaki 2014).Communication skills can improve opinion leaders abilities. It is important that communication allows everyones voice to be heard in an open non-combative manner. In order for piers and other staff to have a positive trusting relationship with the opinion leader they must feel as though they are being heard and also guided in difficult situations (Pollard & Wild 2014).By the end of the summer I am hoping my schedule allows me to become a preceptor for new graduates. I view that role as being an opinion leader for an individual which would progress to a small group. I would love the opportunity to mold new fellows with everything I have learned so far as a postpartum nurse. When a newer nurse comes to me for advice I want them to feel safe. My goal is never to talk down to someone making him or her feel inadequate for coming to me for help in the first place. If I do not know how to solve the issue I have been made aware of I seek guidance from another senior nurse. I feel as though a good opinion leader wants others to seek their guidance instead of possibly making a mistake.ReferencesHamric A. B. Hanson C. M. Tracy M. F. & OGrady E. T. (2014).Advancedpractice nursing: An integrative approach(5thed.). St. Louis MO: Elsevier.Kai Tiaki. (2014) Nursing New Zealand.What nursing leaders are saying 20(6) 12-13.doi: edsgcl.375815611Pollard C. Wild C. (2014) Nursing leadership competencies: low-fidelitysimulation as a teaching strategy.Nurse education in practice 14(6) 620-626.doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2014.06.006

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