A Clinical Manager at Southwest General Health Center, Anthony E. Jackson, Jr., BSN, RN, reflects on the common message he received from of all the individuals who have influenced his life, and offers an insight for others.
I am the Clinical Manager at Southwest General in the Emergency Department. I have been a nurse for six years after earning my BSN at Kent State University. Currently I am working on my DNP and FNP at Ashland University.
The message I would like to relay to other nurses who may be pursuing leadership is to be ready to be uncomfortable. I think back on the leaders that have influenced me: my parents Anthony and Dortha, Pastor Mary L. Stone, Coach Rollie Massimino, Martial arts instructors Mr. Parks and Du Du Barros, and my current director Jenn Davis. There is a common theme to their influence on me--they each asked me to do more than I thought I could. Each time I initially resisted, but eventually meeting or exceeding their expectations made me a better person, athlete, nurse, and leader. Humility, a strong work ethic, and a leader or mentor that pushes you to do more can, go a long way.
To end, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes by Leonard Cohen:
“Forget your perfect offering; there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."