April 16, 2019

Study: Findings describe nurse manager role preparation, competency

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

Nurse executives need to evaluate the strength of their nursing leadership talent pool and develop policies and strategies that promote nurse manager competence, this study finds.

A survey of 647 nurse managers, who manage 964 patient care units in 54 hospitals found the following:

  • They rated themselves as competent for their first 6 years as a manager.
  • They said they begin to reach proficiency by year 7.
  • Experience had the strongest association with competence, followed by graduate leadership education.

Approximately 70,000 nurses are retiring annually, which represents a significant loss of nursing leadership wisdom. More studies of nurse manager role preparation and competency development are needed, the researchers say.

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