Title

Manager, clinician or both? Nurse managers' engagement in clinical care activities

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Nursing Management

ISSN

1365-2834

Volume

27

Issue

7

First Page

1538

Last Page

1545

PubMed ID

31419364

Publisher

Wiley

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery

RAS ID

29942

Funders

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Comments

Duffield, C., Gardner, G., Doubrovsky, A., & Wise, S. (2019). Manager, clinician or both? Nurse managers' engagement in clinical care activities. Journal of Nursing Management, 27(7), 1538-1545.

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Abstract

AIM: To explore the extent of Australian nurse managers' engagement in clinical care activities.

BACKGROUND: Hybrid nurse manager roles lack clarity in the optimal balance between the clinical and other activities, resulting in stress and challenges in recruiting and retaining nurse managers.

METHODS: In a national survey using the Advanced Practice Role Delineation tool, Australian nurses self-assessed their level of engagement in activities across five domains of nursing practice. The subset sample analysed comprised 2,758 registered nurses, 390 clinical (front-line) nurse managers and 43 organisational (middle) nurse managers. Median domain scores were compared with non-parametric tests of difference.

RESULTS: Clinical nurse managers were in a hybrid role, reporting high levels of engagement across the domains. Lower scores observed for organisational nurse managers highlight the shift to strategy-focussed activities that occurs as nurses up the management hierarchy.

CONCLUSIONS: By indicating their engagement in the clinical care domain, respondents demonstrated that clinically focused activities were not entirely lost from either front-line or middle-management roles.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Nurse managers equipped with clinical and management skills, and allowed time to remain engage in clinical care activities are critical for patient-centred and cost-effective care in today's complex health care environments.

DOI

10.1111/jonm.12841

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