Thursday, July 6, 2017

Leveraging Diversity to Improve Patient Care - HOSPITALS AND HEALTH NETWORKS

by Shari Dingle Costantini, R.N.
Originally published: July 5, 2017

We live in a multicultural and multigenerational world that enriches many nurse teams but also adds complexity for nurse leaders. How do you respect and leverage differences yet create a cohesive team rallied around core goals and values? Is there a “right” leadership style? Does it take more than one approach? Will you alienate others in the process?

These may seem like complex questions, but likely you already have what you need to strengthen your team’s diversity and effectiveness.

Successful diverse teams shine in three areas: staff acceptance, patient acceptance and cultural perceptions of health care. You’ll stand out in each with a little inside knowledge, supplemented with a lot of commitment to leadership and education.