Leadership in today’s health care system is faced with challenges that require adequate educational training / preparation and practical experience. These challenges are manifested by a constant state of change which adds pressures and additional responsibilities to all health care providers. Adequate training / preparation can make a significant difference in the ability to appropriately and effectively improve and maintain work responsibilities. Historically, management opportunities have been available for adequately trained qualified personnel; however, consistent adequately trained first line nurse managers has not been the case. First line nurse managers are often promoted to their management position as a result of several characteristics; longevity in the nursing profession, exemplary clinical practice, or through a process of seniority, all of which may not be entirely management oriented. The literature states that promotion from nurse to a first line nurse manager position without management training may result in burnout, mistrust among colleagues, lack of respect, lack of leadership, division among departments, and overall poor performance. This study will examine the perceptions about the quality of nurse management training, and the problems encountered when such training does not occur. The study will also provide a basis for a review of the current literature to validate previous studies, provide current studies to include new input, and explore educational training ideas and suggestions addressing training concerns. This quantitative research will survey staff nurses seeking their individual perceptions of the competencies needed for first line nurse managers to be successful in their role. Data provided from staff nurses’ perceptions of the managerial skills and techniques of their current manager will be collected using a survey approach. The data will be used to analyze if there is an absence of needed managerial skills education and resolutions for a better approach. The target population for this study is staff / bedside registered nurses administering first level bedside care for patients in the hospital and/or clinical setting and from this population a sample of registered nurses currently enrolled or have been recently enrolled (within the last two years) in an associate degree to a baccalaureate nursing program.
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