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Title: 
  • is Strengths in the leadership role : a phenomenological study of self-reported strengths by successful charge nurses on inpatient units
Abstract: 
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    This study has been carried out as an M.Sc. project at the Royal College of Nursing
    Institute in London, in connection with the University of Akureyri, Iceland. The
    programme is validated by Manchester University.
    The primary aim of the study is to analyse the qualities perceived as strengths by
    charge nurses at the University Hospital in Iceland, more particularly their selfreported
    strengths in their role as leaders, and to explore their own perception of how
    these elements reinforce their positive influence upon their working environment and
    the service provided.
    This choice of subject may be attributed to my own long-standing interest in
    examining the influence of the charge nurse on the working environment of a hospital,
    on wards which are generally perceived as working effectively and offering job
    satisfaction, which tends to lead to stability of staffing. Another factor in my choice
    was the fact that at the University Hospital great emphasis is at present being placed
    upon review and development of the charge nurse’s role. Hence I hope that the
    findings of this study will contribute to that process.
    The methodology applied in the study is phenomenology, or more precisely “The
    Vancouver School of Doing Phenomenology. Phenomenology is based upon
    examination of the co-researchers’ own experience of a certain phenomenon, and of
    their own interpretation of the experience. The study was carried out through
    extensive dialogues with the co-researchers, who recounted their own experience. The
    dialogues were then analysed according to the methodology of the Vancouver School.
    Twelve women participated in the study; all are in the position of charge nurse, and
    have been generally regarded as performing well in their jobs. All have been charge
    nurses for more than three years.
    During the processing of the findings, it was soon very noticeable that the views of
    the co-researchers were highly consistent; they described many qualities which they
    saw as strengths. Four main themes emerged from the findings:
    • Strengths of personality, which entail e.g. insight into one’s own strengths and
    the active application of these to the leadership role.
    • Communication skills, which entails e.g. the ability to understand signals and
    send effective messages, along with special capacity for active listening.
    • Separation of the private and professional self, which appears e.g. in a strong
    sense of loyalty to the organisation, the job and the profession.
    • Various elements relating to the work environment, which entail e.g. special
    ability in the making of innovations and changes, and particular skill in
    motivating individuals and groups to work with the leader for this purpose.
    Each main theme is broken down into four sub-themes, which are discussed in detail
    in this dissertation.The findings of the study provide insight into the qualities of a
    good leader, and it is to be hoped that these findings will prove useful in the nursing
    profession, and also in other professions in different fields, both within the health
    service and outside.

Description: 
  • is Verkefnið er opið nemendum og starfsfólki Háskólans á Akureyri
Accepted: 
  • Jan 1, 2002
URI: 
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/1226


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