October 6, 2008
Deciding to study leadership was not a hastened decision. I completed by BSN in 2006, and decided to take a break from the school atmosphere. I have been finding myself bored and desiring a challenge to learn more. I began to research locally the graduate programs available. The requirements for on campus attendance were very unappealing. I then began to search online programs. I looked at all different areas to further my nursing degree, but still I was hesitant to enroll in Nursing Administration, Education or a more specific Advanced Nurse Practitioner program. Almost all of the online programs required travelling to their home campus at some point through the course. I then started to look at programs not related to nursing, per say. Leadership is very much a part of nursing, so why not get a degree in Strategic Leadership? Mountain State University’s LPN to BSN program was work and family friendly, which was a necessity. The thought of an online program seemed even more like the type of program that would work best for my current lifestyle. Hence, I have begun my journey online to advancing my degree and furthering my knowledge base. I hope all of this proves beneficial to career advancement in the future.
My late professor, Dr. Thomas Knight, dabbled on leadership and management my last semester of the BSN program. So, I do recall a little regarding the matter. My initial recollection was that he had implied that not all managers are good leaders and not all leaders are good managers. That stands out in my mind. I also remember him advising that you should surround yourself by good, wonderful, qualified people. This, in the long run, makes the job easier to accomplish. I was envisioning a leader as someone who can organize a group, convey ideas and thoughts to others and work as a team to accomplish a goal. After completing the first reading requirement, I think I am on the right track...