NSG/451: Professional Nursing Leadership Perspectives

Summative Assessment: Leadership Theories in Practice

Initiating best practices and effective strategies for innovation begins with highly effective interprofessional communication. One way to begin to establish yourself as a leader is to stay abreast of theories and evolving strategies and then invite others to help you realize them at work. Being informed requires the ability to perform and process research.


After investigating several leadership theories, you will have the opportunity to organize your understanding of 8 examples by completing a worksheet for future reference and professional use. This worksheet can serve as a springboard for a catalog of best practices and strategies.


As you learned in NSG/416: Theoretical Development and Conceptual Frameworks, theory-guided practice improves patient outcomes because of purposeful systematic application. As you grow in the nurse leader role, you will see that the same holds true for theory-guided leadership. This assessment is designed to link leadership theory to practice and connect your past and current experience to help you grow as a leader.


For this summative assessment, you will compile your own theory reference guide. This guide will help you facilitate interprofessional communications when discussing rationales and plans for changes you believe will improve the quality of care and the work environment.


Complete the 

Leadership Theories in Practice Worksheet
 (see another attachment for the worksheet) to create a customized resource that classifies the theories you find relevant. It is a succinct venue for itemizing meaningful and actionable guidance for application in the workplace. This guide is a tool that you can grow throughout your career as you stay current in best practices while navigating change and challenges.


Submit your worksheet with the 5 in text citations. Remember to include a title page with the worksheet and reference page.

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