The wrath of the pandemic swept through our nation and continues to run rampant, testing our resiliency as nurses. Nurse leaders, we must continue to lead by example and remain a united front with our team.
Nurses continue to be ranked as the most trusted professionals and the COVID-19 pandemic has further validated the reason why. 1 Despite this fact, there is no denying that a severe workforce shortage in nursing continues to rise due to a combination of factors, many nurses are nearing retirement, fewer individuals are entering the nursing workforce, and nurses are leaving the profession due to burnout and unsatisfying work conditions. 2
As a nurse leader, you must maintain your resiliency and lead authentically. Authentic leadership describes a pattern of behavior in a leader that is characterized by efforts to help employees find meaning in their work; build optimism and commitment; encourage transparency and develop trusting relationships; and promote an inclusive and positive work environment.3
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Maggie A. Smith, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN, OCN