Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Underrepresentation of Registered Nurses in Hospital CEO Positions: A Grounded Theory Study
by Bennett, Michael A., D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2017, 287; 10602350
Abstract (Summary)

The current study focused is on the underrepresentation of registered nurses in hospital CEO positions. There are several existential gaps in chief executive officer (CEO) leadership in the United States. The gender gap in CEO positions across all sectors demonstrates that females represent 31% of CEO positions in the United States. However, females represented only 12% of hospital CEOs in 2007 (Plant, 2008). In 2016, females represented 36% of hospital CEOs. Nevertheless, a far greater gap exists as registered nurses represented 2.5% of hospital CEOs in 2007 (Plant, 2008), and 3.0% of hospital CEOs in 2016. The chronic underrepresentation of registered nurses (RNs) is irrespective of education, experience preparation, knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits as RN executives aspiring to become hospital CEOs often have more education and experience than their non-registered nurse counterparts have. The sample for the current qualitative grounded theory study had 30 participants including 10 RN executives currently employed and holding the title of hospital CEO, 10 non-RN executives currently employed holding the title of hospital CEO, and 10 decision-makers who have authority over the hospital CEO candidate selection process. The current study employed grounded theory method to develop a substantive grounded theory of why the phenomenon of the underrepresentation of registered nurses in hospital CEO positions exists. The substantive grounded theory developed in the study might help decision-makers involved in the hospital CEO selection process adjust their selection strategies so they evaluate hospital CEO candidates equitably. Registered nurses aspiring to become hospital CEOs might also benefit from the study by altering their career development strategies so the decision-makers perceive them as qualified candidates for the position of hospital CEO.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Healy-Collier, Kathleen
Commitee: Marzano, Maureen, Underdahl, Louise
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Nursing, Health care management
Keywords: Administration, CEO, Healthcare, Leadership, Nursing, Underrepresentation
Publication Number: 10602350
ISBN: 978-0-355-09229-5
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