The practicum experience was done at NYC Dept and Health: Office of School Health Division. Over the past 2 weeks, time was spent visiting nurses in the medical room, approved Medication Administration Forms, assisting with training, ensuring nurses have needed supplies, and meeting with principals to discuss issues arising in the medical room and OSH policies. The main focus of my practicum is managing students with asthma in the school setting.
Journaling provides a valuable tool for recording, reflecting on, and reviewing your learning. This approach provides an opportunity for you to “connect the dots” and observe the relationships between and among activities, interactions, and outcomes.
Unlike a personal journal of thoughts and feelings, this leadership journal is a record of your activities, assessments, and learning related to this academic experience.
Journal entries should include a record of the number of hours spent with your nurse leader each week.
Write a journal entry of 750-1,500 words on the subject of serving, including the following:1. Practicum Activities Reflection: Provide observations and thoughts on the activities in your practicum setting during Topics 9-10.
2. Application of Leadership: Identify three to five personal values or characteristics that you believe are critical components of a good leader, such as honesty, compassion, or fairness. How do you express those values in your professional life?
3. Practicum Project Preparation: How have you prepared those who will be affected by your project for its implementation?
4. Leadership Video Reflection: Reflect on at least two things you learned from the “Servant Leadership – Issue of Example” video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBra6jSTHSE&list=PLqKj_eriTOI9Js2i_C2mitH1P96Zf6Q__&index=6
Use the “Leadership Journal Template” to complete this assignment.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
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Practicum Activities Reflection:
Discuss some of your activities with your preceptor, what projects you are working on, and what observations about leadership you have made during the past two weeks. This does not need to be a step-by-step diary. Instead, this is a place to reflect on how your observations and activities have compared to what you have learned in your courses thus far.
During my practicum, I had a meeting with my nurse preceptor. We came up with a plan for my practicum. The initial experience was a full day spent with the preceptor since I observed him carry out several leadership activities. By the end of the day, I noted down all my observations about how the preceptor interacted with other healthcare providers at the healthcare facility. Later, we held a debriefing session. In the debriefing session, we discussed what I learned, what I observed, and how I saw the leadership concepts I studied in class be9ng applied in the activities of the preceptor. Later, we came up with data on when I would simulate the managers’ role at the facility.
Application of Leadership:
Each Leadership Journal assignment will include specific questions for you to answer.
Components of a Good Leader
A good leader should have intentionality, commitment, vision, honesty, compassion and humility.
Intentionality- as a leader, being intentional in all your leadership activities creates the ripple effect and change required in your organization. Besides, a leader ought to be intentional in goal setting, communication, modeling values, being service-minded, reflecting, building relationships, and modeling values (Malik et al., 2017).
Commitment- a good leader should be committed to the people by believing in them. Besides, a good leader should be committed to the concept of shared leadership. Also, commitment in leadership involves seeking a win-win solution for everyone.
Vision- Great leaders have a vision for what they are trying to accomplish and how they will get there. Besides, a leader with a clear vision inspires, builds trust, and get results when executed well.
Honesty- a good leader is transparent about all the activities involved in an organization. They open up to all the stakeholders about how the funds on the healthcare facility are used. A transparent leader keeps their team in the loop, share information freely and invite open communication within their companies (Malik et al., 2017). They support their team members to combine their insights, efforts, skills, passion, talents, and enthusiasm to work together for the greater good.
Compassion- a compassionate leader will seek influence, not authority. Besides, they are not demanding but encouraging. Also, they support acknowledge and guide their team members.
Humility- a humble leader needs to understand they are an integral part of the success, but not the sole source (Malik et al., 2017). Besides, humble leaders understand that to be a part of something greater than yourself is one of life’s greatest opportunities.
Practicum Project Preparation:
Each Leadership Journal assignment will include specific questions for you to answer.
How I prepared those who will be affected by my project for its implementation
- I collected all the requirements from all the stakeholders- After creating the project charter and identifying the key stakeholders, I gathered all the essential requirements. Besides, I defined the scope of the project and determined what I needed to deliver to my stakeholders. I ensured there was effective communication amongst the stakeholders to ensure all the important details of the project were not missed.
- Defined the scope of the project. Together with the stakeholders, we developed a comprehensive description of the project and the deliverables in form of a project scope statement. Also, I ensured there was a clear understanding of the boundaries of the project.
- Created a work breakdown structure. I broke down all the project’s scope into small and more manageable deliverables and groups of related tasks. Breaking down the project’s scope allowed me to assign the different resources available to different parts of the project based on the required skills. Therefore, the work breakdown facilitated coordination and planning.
- Defined the activities of my project. I listed the work packages into a list of project activities. As a result, I was able to plan the activities to be performed to create the deliverables of the project.
- Estimated activity duration, resources, and cost (Susilowati et al., 2021). I did an estimate of the duration, resources, costs, and resources to determine whether the project was viable and the set expectations. Also, estimation made it possible to keep all the costs under control.
- Build-in contingencies. A plan without contingency is a bad plan. Projects do not go as planned, hence the need for building backup plans. After looking at the historical data on similar projects in the past, I was able to identify the possible risks.
- Created a performance measurement baseline. Lastly, I developed an integrated scope-schedule-cost baseline for the project work. It served as a control tool for the project. The performance measurement baseline of the project helped me to measure performance upon completion of the project.
Leadership Video Reflection:
In the YouTube video Servant Leadership – The Issue of Humility, leaders should lead their teams by example. For instance, when a leader wants their team to meet the target set by the organization, they should be at the forefront formulating the strategies for achieving the desired results (GCU Academics Nursing, 2016). Besides, a good leader should be the first person to execute the set strategies. Furthermore, a leader should inspire his juniors to be conservative through their action. Inspiration calls for transparency, integrity, and dedication to work. Therefore, a leader should always ensure, they mean what they say, and should keep their promises. Also, leaders ought to be influential in the essence of leadership.
GCU Academics Nursing (2016, October) Servant Leadership – The Issue Of Humility. Retrieved December 4, 2021
Malik, W. U., Javed, M., & Hassan, S. T. (2017). Influence of transformational leadership components on job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Sciences (PJCSS), 11(1), 147-166.
Susilowati, M., Kurniawan, Y., Prasetiya, H. P., Beatrix, R., Dewa, W. A., & Ahsan, M. (2021, March). How to manage scope, time and cost of project management plan to develop manufacture information system. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 1098, No. 6, p. 062006). IOP Publishing.