The sole purpose of conducting the interview was to find out the take the supervisor working in a hospital environment toward the topic of Professional Identity and Stewardship. The primary roles of a supervisor are to issue directives regarding ways to perform certain operations, supervise the nurses and doctors as they work and identify and implement teamwork practices within the hospital (Loue, Lloyd, & O’Shea, 2003).
The basis of the interview was to get to know the leadership profession based on the topic of Professionalism and Stewardship. The interviewed subject is a supervisor in a given hospital, rendering health care services within his practice. The subject has had enough working experience with nurse practitioners, doctors, physicians and other professionals. Therefore, information rendered can be referred to when conducting other research.
The interview conducted with the manager gave the following information.
What is your role as a health care team member?
The interviewee, having had five years of experience as a supervisor in the same hospital, answered the question confidently without any flare. He explained that his duty as a health care team member is to ensure that the nurses and doctors execute their role of improving health through treatments, prevention of diseases and other forms of improving the health of human beings. He continued and added that he helps in responding to patient calls and administering treatments to patients.
How do you define professionalism and how does professional responsibility influence your work?
According to the respondent, professionalism is getting to know your title, your responsibilities and the competence expected from your profession. He answered the question comfortably saying that one’s passion should be his or her profession since it enhances his or her productivity (Health at a Glance, 2013). The respondent then continued by stating that his professional responsibility influences him to work impeccably and put more effort in the same to achieve the required results. He said that one’s profession should not be something that hinder him or her from being themselves, but rather it should be the source of motivation to be the best.
Do you consider yourself a steward of health care? Why or Why not?
Being a leader, the respondent answered the question about his experience he has had. He explained that to be a steward of health care as a supervisor, one needs to be ready to accept responsibilities for his or her actions regarding the patients and the staff, provide an ear to the team members, and listen to their pleas and concerns (Gareed, 2013). He explained further that he believed that he is a steward of health care since he takes his team of nurses and doctors as his friends and treats them equally. He added that he did the same for the patients and finalized by saying that he felt loved by his team, which the respondent appreciated.
Is it important to you that leaders exercise professional advocacy and authenticity as well as power and influence when working with colleagues? Why or why not?
The interviewee relaxed a bit before answering this question. He said that he had examined from his experience that use of power to influence colleagues can be frustrating and may lead to undesired results. He explained that dealing with patients can be tiring and at times, nurses and doctors need some rest and forcing them to work at that time cannot be fruitful (Gareed, 2013). He otherwise stated that leaders should exercise advocacy in their profession as it gives the staff an open-mind and enables them to be proficient and elaborate when explaining themselves.
The interview was conducted just before lunch hour in the supervisor’s office within the hospital. It was carried out on a Saturday, and most of the nurses were on duty at that time. Therefore, there were no interruptions whatsoever during the interview.
By comparison, of both the peer interview and the interview with the supervisor, it is clear that both of them are in support of leaders exercising professional advocacy and authenticity. The duo agree that leaders have the burden of responsibility for their actions. On the other hand, the supervisor has h ad extensive working experience. The respondent displayed confidence with his responses while my classmate seemed not so sure about the work part.
Health at a Glance (2013) – OECD Indicators from http://www.oecd.org/health/health-systems/health-at-a-glance.html
Gareed, J., (2013). Health Topics: Health Systems from http://www.who.int
Loue, S.; Lloyd, L.S; O’Shea, D.J. (2003). Community health advocacy. McGraw-Hill pub.