Q. Please share an experience in which you presented to a group. What was the situation and how did it go?
A. I have presented to groups on multiple occasions however, the one that comes to mind is my first. At the time, I was promoted to Clinical Coordinator. I had never been in a management position before and was extremely intimidated and anxious when I had to conduct my first staff meeting. I prepared several days in advance and even rehearsed how I would run the meeting. I did not’t sleep the night before and was worried I would fail my director. Everyone gathered in the break room and I handed out the agenda. At that time, I realized I had nothing to worry about and this was my team. I conducted the meeting flawlessly and took a deep breath when it was over and smiled.
Q. Share an example of when you went above and beyond the “call of duty”.
A. Wow, that is a tough one. I don’t know that I can remember one in particular. I think it is something I do on a daily basis or whenever the situation arises. I believe that being a nurse you often do more than you are “asked” to do. That is what makes our field and profession different from others. We take care of people. It’s an amazing career.
Q. In your experience, what is the key to developing a good team?
A. I believe the key to developing a good team starts with good communication. Which includes listening to staff complaints and concerns. If something isn’t working you can try to figure out a solution or how to resolve it. If you don’t know what is wrong, you can’t fix it. Treating others with respect is also key as it promotes professionalism and a positive attitude. All of which are important elements in a good team as well as many others.
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