Fast Facts for the Clinical Nurse Manager

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Fast Facts for the Clinical Nurse Manager

SKU# 9780826125682

Tips on Managing the Changing Workplace in a Nutshell

Author: Barbara Fry RN, BN, MEd (Adult)


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Clinical nurse managers face myriad challenges, including administrative, clinical, and interpersonal issues. This concise, practical resource offers wise guidance for nurses working in this complex, fast-paced role. Addressing common complaints and anxieties, it offers quick access to insights, proven strategies, and tools for effectively coping with such situations as institutional change, a multigenerational and multicultural workforce, resistance to change, and toxic behaviors.

Fully updated and revised, the second edition provides sound advice addressing the changing dynamics in health care that have amplified the challenges of clinical nurse management. It offers strategies for boosting staff morale during times of fear and anxiety, explains how to reclaim professional practice and focus on quality of care, advocates for nurses at senior levels, and discusses how to maintain one's identity in an interdisciplinary setting. Designed to assist clinical nurse managers at all levels in developing new and effective ways of leading in a rapidly changing health care environment, this resource helps foster a better quality of work life and professional practice. It features concise chapters and bulleted information for quick access and at-a-glance "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" boxes. Also included are helpful tools and worksheets for managing a variety of challenges, along with the "Top 10 Fast Facts for Thriving in a Changing Workplace."

New to the Second Edition:

  • Completely updated and revised

  • New chapter, "Who Stole the Art of Nursing?"

  • New content on fostering and nurturing therapeutic relationships

  • More information on rewards and recognition to keep staff motivated

Key Features:

  • Presents timely content ready to be applied in a professional setting

  • Presents information in an easy-to-access format with concise chapters, bulleted lists, and Fast Facts in a Nutshell boxes

  • Advocates a back-to-basics approach to clinical care

  • Packed with current, useful, and accessible information that fits in a pocket

Written by a noted author, keynote speaker, and facilitator highly experienced in helping nurses in leadership roles

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 19, 2010
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826125682
  • EISBN 9780826125699

About The Author(s) 

Barbara J. Fry, MEd (Adult), BN, RN, is president of Workplace ­Dynamix, Inc., an active member of the College of Registered Nurses in Nova Scotia, and a professional keynote speaker and facilitator. She received a BN and diploma in Teaching in Schools of Nursing from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a Change Management Certificate from Queen’s University (1997), and a master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University (2003). Her master’s thesis was “Facilitating Workplace Relational Learning: The Intersection of Power, Caring, and Quality of Work Life.” As a former staff nurse, nursing instructor, and nurse manager (for 16 years), she inspired a climate of personal excellence and professional competence in the workplace. Drawing on her experience as a nurse manager, healthy workplace relationship consultant, professional speaker, and adult educator, she shares her wealth of knowledge and strategies that work in today’s changing health care workplace. She provides leadership in improving quality of work life and facilitates individual and group leadership and accountability for creating healthy workplace relationships. As a powerful, humorous, and inspiring speaker, she was the closing keynote speaker for the Canadian Nurses Association’s 100th Birthday Celebration Conference (2008). Today, Ms. Fry continues to advocate and facilitate professionalism in nursing practice and to promote healthy workplace relationships. She is a frequently requested presenter and facilitator in both provincial and national nursing associations.

Table of Contents 

Part I: The Bottom Line:

Part I: Managing What Lies Beneath

The Buck Stops Here: Managing Professional Practice

Power Politics and Possibilities: Managing the Art of the Possible

Competencies for a Changing Workplace: Managing New Rules, New Roles

Part II: The Here and Now

Managing New Realities

Anticipating Change: Managing Staff Anxiety, Uncertainty, And Fear

Got Gap?: Managing the Multi-generational Workplace

"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times..."

Managing and Facilitating Change and Transitions

Its Over: Managing the End of Old Ways of Being

From Isolation to Collaboration: Managing a New Way of Being

Now What? Managing Chaos and Confusion

Part III: Staff Gone Wild?

Managing Your Cast of Characters

Got Resistance? Expect It; Welcome It; Manage It!

Got Attitude? Managing the Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

Got Queens, Princesses, and Workplace Terrorists?

Got Bullying? Managing the Sound of Silence

Part IV: Predicting Your Workplace Future: Create it! Manage it! Love it!

Managing their Reign of Terror

Mission Impossible? Managing Work-Life Balance

Creating Your Future: Managing Purposeful and Values Driven

Workplace Relationships

Got Staff Meeting Nightmares? Managing Awesome Opportunities

From Workplace to Community: Managing Connectedness

Part V: From Surviving to Thriving:Tips and Tools for Thriving in a Changing Workplace

Top 10 Fast Facts for Thriving In a Changing Workplace: 10 More for Managing It


Discussion Guides: Tools to Inspire Creative Conversations