Quite often, nurse leaders are faced with ethical dilemmas, such as
those associated with choices between competing needs and limited
resources. Resources are finite, and competition for those resources
occurs daily in all organizations.
For example, the use of 12-hour shifts has been a strategy to retain
nurses. However, evidence suggests that as nurses work more hours in a
shift, they commit more errors. How do effective leaders find a balance
between the needs of the organization and the needs of ensuring quality,
effective, and safe patient care?