MANHATTAN Rosanne Raso, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Lenox Hill Hospital CNO and associate executive director for patient care services, and Donna Tanzi, RN, MPS, NE-BC, director of nursing education and professional development, welcomed Lenox Hill nurse managers to a leadership luncheon at the hospital as part of National Nurses Week festivities.
The American Nurses Association theme, Nurses Leading the Way, is appropriate, Raso told an audience including leaders from medicine, the OR, the ED, maternal/child health, psychology, cardiac, ambulatory and other departments. Thats what you do for all 1,200 nurses and 400-plus nursing assistants. Thank you to the leadership team. Without you, nothing happens.
Raso also recognized Ian Saludares, RN, BSN, MPA, CCRN, nurse manager of the cardiac intensive care and cardiac telemetry units, who was the recipient of Lenox Hills first-ever Distinguished Nursing Leader award.
Author, speaker, coach and consultant Phyllis Quinlan, RN, PhD, owner of MFW Consultants to Professionals, provided the educational component with a presentation on nursing self-care. Quinlan discussed challenges such as horizontal/lateral hostility, staffing issues and unhealthy work environments.
Your goal is to create a healthy work/life balance for yourself, Quinlan said. Its not your employers role. Its your role.
Nurses inherently believe they can fix things, which may be symbolic of problems of adaptability and change.
You have to realize that impermanence is the way the universe works, Quinlan said. [A managers] role is to assist people in fitting into the new reality. Theres a difference between being helpful and therapeutic. I hope you all choose to be therapeutic.
Quinlan also gave the nurses a few tips on successful leadership, emphasizing that most successful leaders are those who lead quietly.
Quinlan said in Tibetan Buddhism, the symbol for leader is a tiger and the word for tiger in Sanskrit is meek. Everyone knows the tiger is a leader in the jungle, she said. You dont have to make a lot of noise. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. It creates a synergistic team. Transformational leaders dont create more followers, they create more leaders.
Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.