Leading the Way: Practical Management Skills for the Long-Term Care Nurse by Karl Pillemer, Phillip T. Johnson, and Associates; 1998; Cambridge, MA: Frontline Publishing Corporation; $10.95; son cover
This little book is co-authored by social gerontologist Dr. Karl Pillemer, Director of the Cornell Applied Gerontology Research Institute, and management expert Phillip T. Johnson. Pillemer has conducted extensive research with front-line employees in long-term care. Johnson's expertise is in staff development and management training. Leading the Way complements Pillemer's earlier book, Solving the Frontline Crisis in Long-Term Care: A Practical Guide to Finding and Keeping Quality Nursing Assistants, and Frontline's crusade to improve the role and image of nursing assistants.
The 11 chapters provide straightforward, succinct, and practical information for busy nurse supervisors who know that the quality of resident care demands teamwork. Supervision is more than assigning work and then inspecting work performance. The topics discussed are the job of supervisor, leadership, team building, secrets of successful supervision, teaching and mentoring, developing high morale through recognition, balancing work and family, handling conflict, negotiating, taking corrective action, and professionalism. There is a short bibliography for further reading.
Manuals such as Leading the Way can be superficial, but Pillemer and Johnson provide concise, practical information and pragmatic strategies for nurse supervisors in long-term care settings.