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How can clinical supervisors prepare future nursing care coordinators?

RuthAnne Kuiper describes how clinical supervisors can inspire and monitor care coordination among nurses, especially when facing complex clinical scenarios

RuthAnne Kuiper describes how clinical supervisors can inspire and monitor care coordination among nurses, especially when facing complex clinical scenarios

Nurse leaders such as clinical supervisors work in dynamic healthcare systems that help patients with complex problems. At the same time, they support many levels of healthcare providers by keeping them engaged in their work; promote organisational missions and values; encourage a sense of pride in individual work; create security and trust among colleagues; provide recognition for work well done; and promote skill acquisition in the clinical setting. Research indicates that work engagement is higher among nurses who work for managers who practise authentic leadership strategies and are themselves engaged in their work (Gallup 2017).

Promoting care coordination among nurses as they apply reasoning to complex patient care situations can be challenging. Curtin (2017) stated that leadership involves building ‘moral communities’, where

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