Professionalism in nursing encompasses an extensive set of qualities including academic and experience-based knowledge, professional, ethical attitude based on responsibility, and the skills of clinical practice and decision-making. According to Daly, Speedy, and Jackson, the primary purpose of nursing leadership is “to engage staff in a way that instills a sense of accountability, confidence, and professionalism.” That is why the role of mentors is essential for nurses, especially at the beginning of their careers. Efficient leaders in nursing practice are those that account for patient safety and outcomes, as well as for the development and professional orientation of the staff.
The influence of nursing mentors can have a significant effect on one’s professional career and the level of patient service. As Daly et al. claim, the absence of clinical leadership can undermine patient safety and quality of care. Although their primary concern is the enhancing of professional qualities and improving patient care provided by their staff, they can also give counseling and support in understanding one’s role and the development of professional identity. The functions of nursing leaders differ among the leadership models. Transformation leadership is of high value in modern nursing practice, as it is the source of empowerment and professional motivation. Transformational leaders treat their staff as superheroes who can do everything and inspire them to put in their best efforts. While servant leadership implies that the leaders serve their team, the transformational approach suggests that both staff and leaders serve a higher purpose together.
In my professional journey, I have been accompanied by inspiring mentors who helped me to shape my professional identity. The clinical leaders and teachers have provided extensive support and counseling. The most noteworthy fact is that they never helped me by doing something for me. Instead, they gave their advice and empowerment that developed my sense of responsibility and confidence in the ability to do the tasks myself. I believe that when I mentor others, my main principle will be based on empowerment and developing the belief of the employees in their strength.