How To Use a 360 Degree Feedback Form for Nurses

Becoming a nurse manager can feel like a logical next step for bedside nurses. But when you think about it, the skills required to succeed in both roles are totally different. Sure, nurse managers still play an important clinical role. But added to the clinical know-how are a whole new set of leadership, interpersonal and problem-solving skills that may or may not have been needed when working exclusively at the bedside.

For nurse managers, knowing whether they possess the right skills and competencies for the job is imperative. Being an effective nurse manager can have wide-ranging impacts on patient care, job satisfaction, work relationships, and the list goes on.

Problem is that nurses and nurse managers are a notoriously busy bunch. There’s little time left in the schedule for anything beyond what is directly in front of them. (No, seriously, ask a nurse—they have trouble finding time for bathroom breaks.)

That’s why we’re big fans of our 360 degree feedback form for nurses.

Designed with limited time in mind, our survey can quickly and easily measure a nurse manager’s competencies from a variety of perspectives (themselves, their peers, subordinates and managers). The Nurse Manager Feedback Report then compiles the results and presents them in an easy-to-read format, helping busy leaders translate those findings into a personal development plan.

The 16 competencies measured by the survey and outlined below come from the widely used national standards set by the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Click on any of these competencies to access a variety of leadership development resources, including detailed descriptions, suggestions for improvement, and recommended books, articles and videos.

Our 360 survey has been used by multiple healthcare organizations, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which recently used it with nurse managers as a professional development tool.

“The most helpful experience from this survey was the verbatim feedback directly from the employees who took the survey,” said one nurse manager after the experience.

“The biggest benefit is that I found that I knew some of my weaknesses, but learned of one other I didn’t know I had,” said another.

Ready to unlock the potential of your nurse managers? Get started with one of our Healthcare Leader Assessments today.