Why This Nurse Executive Believes In Transparent Leadership
Brandon “Kit” Bredimus is the director of emergency services at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. After starting his career in trauma and emergency nursing, he became a nurse executive in 2013. Last year, Bredimus was featured as a “ Rising Star ” in Modern Healthcare and was profiled in his local paper as a “ 20 under 40 ” standout community leader. Bredimus also participated in the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ “ Emerging Leaders Institute .” We spoke with Kit to hear more about his experience as a nurse executive, and to learn why he is passionate in advocating for transparent leadership.
A good leader recognizes they have weaknesses and that there are things they have to address and learn. And what’s more, they are transparent about it. Leaders do not hoard all the knowledge, they are transparent and involve their team in decision-making because ultimately it’s going to affect them.
It’s important to have nurses at the table advocating and making decisions, because we can translate information from the bedside to the boardroom. For example, a hot issue across the country in many hospitals is staffing. It’s important to have a nurse at the table to be able to discuss what goes into a staffing decision, how you have to take into account factors like skill level, patient acuity. That comes from the nursing perspective.
First, if you’re even considering going into a leadership role, you should look into opportunities within your organization, such as an inter-governmental council. You’ll see what’s going on from a systems perspective and you can meet a lot of people outside your department and learn how things operate.
The other piece is to really think about why you want to become a nurse executive. Sometimes, people just want the title. If you’re pursuing the role for that reason, then you’re in for a miserable career. Think about what your passions are and what your strengths are, and see if it’s a good fit for the actual job of nurse executive.
I’d remind student nurses that it is okay to not have a firm plan all the time, but what is important to be to make sure you’re working on your intentional growth and developing yourself so that you’re ready when opportunities appear.