Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Frontline Nurse Leader Professional Development
by McGarity, Tammy Marie, D.N.P., Grand Canyon University, 2017, 185; 13810559
Abstract (Summary)

Frontline nurse leaders are expected to lead staff while managing the work systems and processes on their units in addition to ensuring high quality and safe patient care is being delivered. It is not known if frontline nurse leaders who have been oriented with only onthe-job-training are competent and if a professional development program will improve their competencies and confidence. This project used a quantitative quasi-experimental design. The basic design elements for this project were the PCC curriculum and completion of the survey pre-and post-attendance. This project was conducted at an acute care, Magnet facility and included 20 frontline patient care coordinators. Data from the surveys were analyzed using SPSS 23. Spearman’s rho was used, a nonparametric test which determines the strength and significance of the correlation between two measures, and ANOVA, a parametric method which determines whether there is a significant mean difference in some measure between two or more groups. The initial average competency ranking of the participants was 2.91, which reflects a just below competent ranking; paired-samples ttests were conducted which resulted with the average self-rated competency level of participants increasing by 27% to 3.69 post intervention. Implications for this research is far reaching, considering the impact frontline nurses have on nurse satisfaction and engagement, in addition to improved quality of care, patient satisfaction, and patient outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Long, Debbie
Commitee: Reed, Charles
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Nursing and Health Care Professions
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Nursing
Keywords: Competency, Conceptual framework nurse leaders, Frontline nurse leader, Nurse manager, Nurse manager inventory tool, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 13810559
ISBN: 978-1-392-01092-1
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