Lead the Way When It Matters Most

As a critical care nurse, you are inherently a leader. You lead at the bedside and throughout the ICU. You lead families through crisis. You lead fellow nurses to reach their highest potentials.

But when was the last time you led yourself?

Nursing is as much about caring for ourselves as it is about caring for others, and the sooner we realize this, the sooner we can forge our own pathways to becoming amazing nurse leaders. So says Anna Dermenchyan, senior clinical quality specialist in the department of medicine at UCLA Health, who, along with Alvin Jeffery, quality scholar research fellow at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Nashville, Tennessee, will present “Skills and Competencies for Emerging Nurse Leaders,” Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and again from 2:45-3:45 p.m., in GRB, General Assembly room B.

This session is “an opportunity to care for yourself, to reflect, to fuel and feed your soul in your own journey, and to carve out one hour that’s just about you,” Jeffery says. Through active participation, self-assessment, interactive polling questions and networking, Dermenchyan and Jeffery will help attendees identify their own unique qualities.

“We’re all great at something, we all have leadership skills,” Dermenchyan says. “More importantly, if there are areas attendees can work on to maximize their own capacity, then we want them to use this session to create a personal call to action when they return home.

“We’ll highlight what it means to be a nurse leader, but we also want each individual to do an assessment of their own strengths and areas for development to begin their own journeys toward becoming ideal nurse leaders.”