Leading the Way: Busy Nurses Guide to Supervision in Long-Term Care / Edition 2

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Overview

Expanded and Revised, LEADING THE WAY: THE BUSY NURSE'S GUIDE TO SUPERVISION IN LONG-TERM CARE, 3rd Edition gives you the tools you need to experience and create success in any long-term care environment. This easy-to-read handbook applies proven methods from the latest research, and covers everything from mentoring and motivating employees to dealing with job stress and ethical dilemmas. Succinct yet thorough, LEADING THE WAY: THE BUSY NURSE'S GUIDE TO SUPERVISION IN LONG-TERM CARE, 3rd Edition delivers the essentials of management and leadership, such as team building, communication, staff development, performance issues, and organization, all with a specific, long-term care focus. New discussions on effectively managing conflict, diffusing tension with humor, and achieving work/life balance make this always-popular book even more useful for nursing professionals everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Sharon G Thomas, BSN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This is the third edition of a book that does exactly what the title advertises. It is designed to help new supervisors meet the challenges their new role brings. This update includes new material on teamwork, stress reduction, using humor in the workplace, and an overview of techniques to improve performance.
Purpose: Many supervisors in nursing homes are promoted and put in the role because of their licenses, not because of their leadership training. They find themselves in the position of being responsible for others' performance, which requires a different way of thinking. The authors meet their objectives in a very concise and organized manner.
Audience: "New supervisors in long-term care are the intended readers. Karl Pillemer is experienced in research and development of practical programs to improve the work lives of nursing home staff. His book, Solving the Frontline Crisis in Long-Term Care: Practical Guide to Finding and Keeping Quality Nursing Assistants (Delmar Cengage, 1996), is used to help nursing home leaders appreciate and support the needs of direct care givers. Christine Rheaume's background is in clinical nursing and managed care environments. "
Features: The book first identifies the responsibilities of a supervisor and the leadership role. It discusses how to create a vision, mentor, deal with conflict, develop staff, and all areas with which a new supervisor might have difficulty. The approach is clear and concise, not oversimplified, but very basic. In fact, the best thing about the book is that it is basic, not theoretical and not overloaded with advanced approaches. At fewer than 100 pages, the book is not overwhelming. Each chapter ends with a "Spotlight On" feature that recaps the important points from the chapter, a good review.
Assessment: This is a great guide for new supervisors. Reading it as part of orientation to the new role might save a nurse from becoming discouraged and quitting, or not being successful and driving others away. Knowing how important it is to keep and develop staff and helping them feel empowered in their roles as direct care givers is vital for good resident outcomes and good business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965362948
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Pillemer, Ph.D. is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Since 1993, he has been Director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, a center devoted to using research to create interventions to improve the quality of life of older persons. For the past two decades, he has conducted a program of research involving staff in nursing homes and other long-term care environments. Projects have included a longitudinal study of relationships between family members of residents with staff in nursing homes, and the first scientific study of abuse of residents in long-term care. He has developed and evaluated a number of nursing home interventions, including model training, mentoring, and career ladder programs. These evidence-based interventions include "Partners in Caregiving," which builds cooperation and communication between nursing home staff and family members, and "Retention Specialist Program," which improves the ability of nursing homes to retain CNAs. He has written many scientific and trade articles on long-term care staffing, and is the author of the book "Solving the Frontline Crisis in Long-Term Care." Beyond the academic and professional community, Dr. Pillemer has created publications for frontline long-term care workers themselves, including the widely-used "The Nursing Assistant's Survival Guide." He is the founding editor of "Nursing Assistant Monthly," an educational newsletter that reaches thousands of nursing assistants nationwide. In addition, he has served as a consultant to long-term care providers, research groups, and trade organizations around the country and in Europe.

Christine Rheaume's nursing career includes patient care across the life span and in a variety of clinical specialties. She is owner of Rheaume & Associates legal nurse consulting services, and has ten years' experience as writer and editor for medical and nursing publications. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, she earned her R.N. from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston.

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Table of Contents

1. What is Leadership? 2. Building an Effective Team. 3. Communication: The Secret of Successful Supervision. 4. Setting an Example: Coaching and Mentoring. 5. Strategies for Staff Development. 6. Documentation. 7. Managing and Organizing for Success. 8. Recognition Equals High Morale. 9. Dealing with Conflict. 10. Helping Staff Achieve Work/Life Balance. 11. Dealing with Your Job Stress. 12. Humor in the Workplace. 13. Making Diversity Work. 14. Performance Management. 15. Professional Ethics.

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