More nurses need to hold leadership roles, says KPJ chief nursing officer

(From left): Nurses Swapnaha Sekaran, 37, Tium Beat Yeen, 31, and Hafidah Mustafa, 34, receiving a greeting card and roses form a patient in conjunction with International Nurses Day at Hospital Putrajaya. - AZHAR MAHFOF /The Star

PETALING JAYA: More nurses need to hold leadership roles as nursing is the backbone of the healthcare industry, says KPJ Healthcare Bhd.

Its chief nursing officer Maygala Arumugam said the personality and training of nurses, which is centred around caring and nurturing, translates well in leadership roles.

"Nurses can be inspirational leaders who lead by example and have their patients’ health and safety at heart,” she said in a statement Monday (May 11) in conjunction with International Nurses Day.

This year's International Nurses Day, which is celebrated Tuesday (May 12), is themed "Nursing the World to Health".

Maygala said when she thinks about leaders, she thinks about people who can understand and reach out to fellow team members, adding that they also know how to transform and share the vision of the organisation.

"Leaders who can enable team members to internalise the mission and vision of the organisation can work positively to achieve the common prescribed goals," she said.

Maygala added that a registered nurse can design, implement and monitor progress of patients and measure nursing deliverables.

She also said nurses as leaders must have an influential role in strategising and implementing the best in evidence-based nursing practices, so that they are on par with current nursing trends.

"Embracing technology is the way forward to enhance processes that reflect efficiency and effectiveness.

"Some of these activities include entering patients’ nursing data into clinical information systems (KCIS), online medication system, procurement and inventory management of medical disposables, e-scheduling, on-line continuous professional development (CPD) programmes and indicator reporting," Maygala said.

She added that at KPJ, its nurses have a strong competitive advantage, as the management has always provided support and encouragement.

Maygala also said new graduates have been given the direction to attain the attributes, skills and clinical practical knowledge to be compassionate, competent, courteous, confident and career-driven individuals.

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