Leading by walking around in long-term care and transitional care facilities
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Leading by walking around in long-term care and transitional care facilities

Douglas Kemerer Unit manager, Frey Village of Diakon Lutheran Services, Middletown, Pennsylvania, US
Klaudia Cwiekala-Lewis Online Faculty, University of Phoenix, United States Associate in Healthcare Administration Program, Phoenix, Arizona, US

Nursing staff in long-term care/transitional care (LTC/TC) facilities in the US work in unique environments that can be stressful and demanding. There is much in the literature that describes different leadership styles in nursing, but a limited amount on leadership in LTC/TC environments.

This article explores the concept of leading by walking around (LBWA), also known as leadership by walking, to cultivate therapeutic work environments in LTC/TC facilities in the US. It defines therapeutic work environments and describes the specific environment of LTC/TC facilities. It also briefly describes the nursing hierarchy and nurse education in the US. Finally, it describes the cultivation of therapeutic work environments by using LBWA and includes two examples of the concept in action.

Correspondence dkemerer@gmail.com

Nursing Management. 24, 3,25-29. doi: 10.7748/nm.2017.e1467

Received: 28 December 2015

Accepted: 11 January 2017

Published in print: 30 May 2017

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared