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Nursesí perceptions of preparedness for acting as Nurse Unit Managers: A cross-sectional study


Manion, A and Griffin, PEJ and Van Dam, PJ, Nurses' perceptions of preparedness for acting as Nurse Unit Managers: A cross-sectional study, Collegian Article ePub ahead of print. ISSN 1322-7696 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2021.02.007


Background: The Nurse Unit Manager role is vital to achieving outcomes in health care. Although research shows that Nurse Unit Managers feel underprepared for the role, little is known about the experiences of senior clinical nurses as they move into the role. The perspectives of these nurses are important because their perceptions of preparedness will likely affect their experiences, impacting patient and organisational outcomes.

Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the development opportunities available to potential nurse unit managers in an Australian health service, the effectiveness of these and nursesí perceptions of preparedness for acting in the role.

Methods: A largely quantitative approach was used to collect cross-sectional data via a survey-based study design. The study examined the experiences of senior nurses who had acted in the Nurse Unit Manager role, across four domains aligned with the roleís position description.

Findings: Overall, participants reported feeling unprepared for the Nurse Unit Manager role, which negatively affected their experiences. Participants reported a deficit in support and structured development opportunities provided to potential Nurse Unit Managers. Where education was received, participants reported feeling more confident and prepared.

Discussion: The findings suggest that education, mentorship and experience in acting in the role contributed to nurses feeling prepared and confident about transitioning into the Nurse Unit Manager role. Further research should be directed to the development, implementation and evaluation of structured development programs that encompass these aspects.

Conclusion: This study indicates that strategies should be implemented to improve the preparation of potential Nurse Unit Managers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nurse manager, professional development, education, leadership development
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing workforce
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Manion, A (Ms Angela Manion)
UTAS Author:Griffin, PEJ (Dr Phoebe Griffin)
UTAS Author:Van Dam, PJ (Dr Pieter Van Dam)
ID Code:143415
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-03-16
Last Modified:2021-05-31

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