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Top 3 Qualities of an Effective Nurse Leader

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Top 3 Qualities of an Effective Nurse Leader

In the challenging and ever-changing field of healthcare, nurse leaders do more than monitor productivity and maintain patient satisfaction, and staff engagement and retention. A strong nurse leader motivates their colleagues, setting the tone for a culture with high morale, and plays a crucial role in ensuring the delivery of quality patient care. A nurse can be a leader without being assigned a specific leadership position. Here are three qualities that make a nurse leader an effective one:


While most nurses readily practice advocacy as it pertains to patients, a nurse leader also advocates for fellow colleagues and the nursing profession. Recently, the American Nurses Association (ANA) added nurse advocacy as an essential standard of the nursing profession. Advocacy can include ensuring the appropriate allocation of resources, promoting a positive work environment, and emphasizing a patient-centered approach to care. Nurse leaders who practice advocacy for patients and staff develop happier nurses who deliver better patient care.


Accountability, the ability to take ownership of your mistakes, weaknesses and your strengths is paramount in any good leader. Effective nurse leaders understand the importance of creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of accountability for their actions and contributions to patient care. Being accountable as a nurse leader includes:

  • Commitment to doing your best.
  • Learning best practices and advocating for patients.
  • Taking responsibility for your mistakes and learning from constructive feedback.
  • Actively supporting your team.
  • Serving as a positive role model.


Nurse mentorship is a powerful way to recruit and retain nurses at every level of their career. Effective nurse leaders actively seek out mentor opportunities. Mentorships help to identify and nurture future nurse leaders and help you to develop your own career by working on your communication skills, getting a fresh perspective, and likely re-energizing your love for the profession. By prioritizing mentor and mentee relationships nurse leaders contribute to a supportive and collaborative working environment.

If you are interested in growing your nursing a career at Baton Rouge General call or text 985-606-9061 to get in touch with one of our nurse recruiters.