Eldy Lazaroff, DNP, CNP-BC, a Professor at Kent State University's College of Nursing, is the Course Coordinator for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Dr. Lazaroff reflects on the need for nurses to care for themselves when facing the challenges inherent to their work. She also speaks about the role of a leader in effecting positive change.
During my nursing career, there certainly have been times where I have felt stressed, less passionate, and burned out. I have felt challenged by long hours, constant changes, busy schedules, and juggling family and friends. When I get tired, I find that if I refocus and spend time caring for myself, I can re-energize and refresh. Then I am ready to go again.
There is no more worthwhile profession than nursing. Each day I can make a difference in the lives of patients, families and students. This is what keeps my passion and enthusiasm alive. Great nurses often require strong advocacy, leadership, and continued drive.
In my career, I have also learned that workplace success is contingent on the leader’s ability to positively effect change and inspire others. Leaders need strong transformational leadership styles to impact and lead successful change. These styles include an authentic presence, trustworthiness, likeability, and creativeness. Relationships are cultivated and enhanced by a leader that has an open environment and is a good listener. Solid leaders share the vision and values of the organization. These positive attributes influence, facilitate, and promote successful changes. As a nurse practitioner and educator, I try to incorporate these leadership styles into my daily work. Leadership is a journey and is constantly evolving. We all keep growing and developing. I love what I do and would not change it for the world.