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Leadership Presence: Why 'Open Door' Policies Don't Work in Clinical Leadership (#24)

**Title:** Leadership Presence: Why 'Open Door' Policies Don't Work in Clinical Leadership (#24)

In this episode of Safe Space Made Simple, host Trace Hobson speaks with Simmie Kalan, a healthcare education specialist with 16 years of experience in critical care nursing and 21 years of experience in nursing. Simmie shares leadership insights and strategies for building stronger, more resilient, and more supportive healthcare teams. She emphasizes the power of relationship-building, transparency, and proactive engagement to foster clinical environments where staff and patients feel safe and valued.

**Key Points Discussed:**

- How do you connect on a genuine human level and show compassion for your team members during clinical chaos?

- How do you have regular check-ins that uncover hidden issues staff members may face but are not sharing?

- How do you build relational equity within a clinical team to streamline processes and increase the unit's efficiency?

- The importance of taking time as a leader to learn how to lead

- Why 'Open Door' policies are the worst way to connect with your team so you can lead effectively and what to do instead

 

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