Part 2: Nurses' career aspirations to management roles: qualitative findings from a national study of Canadian nurses

Wong, Carol A., Laschinger, Heather K. Spence, MacDonald-Rencz, Sandra, Burkoski, Vanessa, Cummings, Greta, D'Amour, Danielle, Grinspun, Doris, Gurnham, Mary-Ellen, Huckstep, Sherri, Leiter, Michael, Perkin, Karen, MacPhee, Maura, Matthews, Sue, O'Brien-Pallas, Linda, Ritchie, Judith, Ruffolo, Maurio, Vincent, Leslie, Wilk, Piotr, Almost, Joan, Purdy, Nancy, Daniels, Frieda and Grau, Ashley 2013, Part 2: Nurses' career aspirations to management roles: qualitative findings from a national study of Canadian nurses, Journal of nursing management, vol. 21, no. 2, Special issue: patient safety management in the health services, pp. 231-241, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01451.x.

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Title Part 2: Nurses' career aspirations to management roles: qualitative findings from a national study of Canadian nurses
Author(s) Wong, Carol A.
Laschinger, Heather K. Spence
MacDonald-Rencz, Sandra
Burkoski, Vanessa
Cummings, Greta
D'Amour, Danielle
Grinspun, Doris
Gurnham, Mary-Ellen
Huckstep, Sherri
Leiter, MichaelORCID iD for Leiter, Michael
Perkin, Karen
MacPhee, Maura
Matthews, Sue
O'Brien-Pallas, Linda
Ritchie, Judith
Ruffolo, Maurio
Vincent, Leslie
Wilk, Piotr
Almost, Joan
Purdy, Nancy
Daniels, Frieda
Grau, Ashley
Journal name Journal of nursing management
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Season Special issue: patient safety management in the health services
Start page 231
End page 241
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 0966-0429
Keyword(s) career aspirations
Aspirations (Psychology)
Career Mobility
Clinical Competence
Decision Making
Focus Groups
Nurse Administrators
Personnel Selection
Summary AIM: Our aim was to investigate direct-care nurses' interests in formal management roles and factors that facilitate their decision-making.

BACKGROUND: Based on a projected shortage of nurses by 2022, the profession could be short of 4200 nurse managers in Canada within the next decade. However, no data are currently available that identify nurses' interests in assuming manager roles.

METHODS: Using focus group methodology, we conducted 18 focus groups with 125 staff nurses and managers in four regions across Canada.

RESULTS: Major themes and subthemes influencing nurses' decisions to pursue management roles included personal demographic (education, age, clinical experience and life circumstances), personal disposition (leadership skills, intrinsic rewards and professional commitment) and situation (leadership development opportunities, manager role perceptions and presence of mentors). Although nurses see management roles as positive opportunities, they did not perceive the rewards to be great enough to outweigh their concerns.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggested that organizations need to provide support, leadership development and succession opportunities and to redesign manager roles for optimum success.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Leaders need to ensure that they convey positive images of manager roles and actively identify and support staff nurses with leadership potential.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01451.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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