Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Assessing Decision Making Collaboration of Nurse Leaders of a Community Hospital through Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Application
by Burkett, Linda S., D.N.P., Carlow University, 2015, 88; 10027566
Abstract (Summary)

As ardent import is recognized for collaborative decision making (DM) generating effectual patient care, minimal investigation has been allotted to consider what health professionals inherently bring to decision forums. The purpose of this pilot study is to examine the capacity to enhance decision making collaboration of nurse leaders in a community hospital through Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) application. Personality influence is vital for self-awareness and colleague appreciation. True collaboration transcends cooperation to embrace mutual respect and goals for ethical decisions (Barrett, Piatek, Korber, & Padula, 2009). By four educational modules, designed to explicate type influence upon recognized leadership constructs, aligned with a defined DM process, nurse leaders of a Shared Governance Council were assessed to discern collaborative DM. A convenience sample of eight nurses completed the study. The targeted sample size enabled deep investigation of skill development and teamwork through MBTI application, explored by descriptive content analysis. The assessment tool, developed from a collaborative training survey, appraised seven constructs of nurse leadership and three definers of decision evaluation, incorporating MBTI influences. Outcomes, measured by self-reported pre/post survey methodology, revealed an overall 87.5% improvement in collaboration, 62.5% improvement in team trust, decision expediency and pragmatism. A 50% improvement was reported in colleague understanding and communication skills. There remains much to be discovered about personality impacts upon nurse leadership for augmenting collaboration. Bringing empowered nurses to decision making tables is critical for accomplished investment, improved teamwork, and professional accountability for decisions, from bedside to boardroom. It is the focus of this study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: George, Elisabeth L.
Commitee: Cook, Marcia S., Flaherty, Diane G.
School: Carlow University
Department: Nursing Practice
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-B 77/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Collaboration, Decision making, Leadership, Myers-briggs type indicator
Publication Number: 10027566
ISBN: 978-1-339-52765-9
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