Congratulations to UK HealthCare’s chief nurse executive, Dr. Colleen Swartz, who is featured on the cover of this month’s Nurse Leader journal as a national nursing Leader to Watch.
Swartz sat down with Nurse Leader for an extensive interview about her career, the nursing profession and what it means to be a leader in health care.
She also offered advice for new nursing leaders, emphasizing the importance of ongoing self-improvement.
“Self-reflection and self-awareness must be an ongoing process for nurse leaders throughout their careers. An essential piece of the process is identifying the gaps in one’s repertoire of leadership skills, then developing a plan to address them,” Swartz said. “The strongest nurse leaders I know have honed this process and engage in it on a daily basis. It is truly an expression of humility that is foundational in leadership.”
Swartz also had a chance to reflect on the legacy of her career in nursing.
“Our nursing motto at UK, ‘Every patient, every time,’ is very personal to me, and I hope I have been able to impart that as a grounding principle for all of those whom I have had the privilege to lead,” she said. “Never losing sight of the reality that leading is both a privilege and a responsibility – one that can never be taken lightly or for granted.”