Considering that we did not cover any new material this week, I am at a loss for what to reflect upon. Because of that, I guess I will write a general reflection about the semester as a whole.
I found the material for the most part to be very helpful. I have mentioned before that leadership is something that I have not necessarily wanted or sought after. It is far more comfortable to follow than to lead. But, because of that, it has been helpful for me to take a step back and learn about what makes a good leader. Despite that fact that I have not sought after leadership, I can learn how to be a good leader because at some point in my life and career I know that I will have to know how to apply the skills and things that I have learned here.
When discussing this class with friends or loved ones I have mentioned to them how I don’t think I’m a leader and I don’t want that, I have been surprised to hear their response that they think I am in fact a leader. Because of that, I have had to really figure out how others perceive me and how I perceive myself. I think everyone is capable of being a leader but those that work on becoming the best kind of leader and have the gift of leadership, those become the leaders you remember. In a way, it has inspired me to work on and apply what we have studied this semester so that I can be the best version of myself in whatever role I am in.
There were some topics or attributes we covered this semester that I felt like I already possessed but there were others that I know I need to further explore and develop. Team building, organization, interpersonal relations, ethical responsibilities, managing, teaching others, career development, and motivation are things that I think I am somewhat good at and that I have already applied into my practice. But, things such as hiring, managing change, strategic planning, conflict resolution, risk management and legal responsibilities are skills and topics that I need to work on in order to be a very well-rounded successful leader. This course has opened my eyes to see what my strengths are and where I can improve.
I must say, this class has provided the best group experience I have had in any online course. I don’t know if I have ended up with a really good group or if it was the structure of the course. Either way, I feel very fortunate to have had a group that was communicative and willing to put in the work. We were all a good support to each other and patient with each other. We have all come from different backgrounds and experiences but everyone was very respectful of each other and brought great opinions to the table. Overall, this group has been my favorite.
This class has been valuable for me and I think for everyone else as well. I think it definitely needs to remain a core course throughout the BSN program. This topics discussed and learned apply to nursing but they apply to life as well. If you want to pump out a well-rounded nurse who will lead in the nursing field, than keep this course.