Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An educational intervention to develop characteristics of transformational leadership in novice nurse managers
by Goetter, Mary Catherine, Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, 2009, 142; 3359125
Abstract (Summary)

Objective. To support the development of characteristics of transformational leadership (TFL) in novice nurse managers/administrators (NNM) through use of a Journal Club as an educational intervention based on theories of educational psychology and nursing’s unique patterns of knowing.

Research Questions. Does an educational intervention of a Journal Club increase NNM perceived knowledge of characteristics of transformational leadership? Does an educational intervention of a Journal Club increase NNM perceived ability of self to lead? How do NNM describe the effect of the intervention on their leadership knowledge and ability?

Design. Mixed method research approach using experimental, repeated measures design with participants randomly assigned to either a control group or an experimental group. Qualitative assessment was done at the end of the study. Characteristics of TFL were measured using The Leadership Characteristics and Skills Assessment Tool (LCSAT) in NNM before and after multiple sessions of a Journal Club. Basic qualitative inquiry was employed to gain more information after intervention sessions were completed.

Setting. A Magnet-aspiring medical center in a rural mountain west state.

Participants. A sample of 22 NNM with less than 3 years of experience in the management/administrative/educator role. Results: Repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed no increase in perception of knowledge but did show an increase in NNMs’ perceived readiness to lead. Qualitative inquiry supported that both knowledge of characteristics of TFL and perceived ability of self to lead were increased in this sample.

Conclusions. An educational intervention of a Journal Club to develop characteristics of TFL can increase knowledge and perceived ability to lead.

Implications. Educators and employers could consider a multi-session Journal Club framed in theories of nursing knowledge and educational psychology as an effective intervention to develop characteristics of TFL in novice nurse managers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Vicki
Commitee: Clukey, Lory, Pugh, Kevin, Roehrs, Carol
School: University of Northern Colorado
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 70/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Health education, Nursing
Keywords: Educational intervention, Journal club, Novice nurse managers, Nursing patterns of knowledge, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 3359125
ISBN: 9781109188165
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