Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Dr. Richard Munsterman
Dr. Shirley VanHoeven
Dr. Uldis Smidchens
The purpose of this study was to develop leadership training program components for charge nurses in nursing homes and to learn if there were differences in the perceptions of the directors of nursing and the charge nurses concerning the proposed components.
Three research questions were developed for consideration. The first question was concerned with the perceptions of the directors of nursing and the charge nurses concerning the need for the proposed 14 leadership components, while the second question was concerned with the present status of these components in training programs in their respective nursing homes. The third question was concerned with the relationship of the relative rankings of these 14 components by the directors of nursing and the charge nurses.
A population of 268 individuals was drawn from 67 nursing homes located in west central Michigan, a 12-county area. A questionnaire survey was utilized resulting in a 48% return rate. The questionnaire was divided into two parts, the first part dealt with the 14 components of the leadership training program, and the second part dealt with demographic, academic, and professional experience information.
Questions 1 and 2 were addressed using descriptive statistics, while Question 3 used the Spearman rank (rho) statistic for testing the null hypothesis of no relationship between the relative ranking of these 14 components by the directors of nursing and the charge nurses.
Findings reported in this study showed that both the directors of nursing and charge nurses supported the need for these 14 components in leadership training programs, and that most of these components were not offered in the present training programs. A .90 correlation coefficient was calculated for relative ranking of these components by these two groups. This value was significant at the .05 level.
This study has definitely substantiated the notion that the proposed leadership training components are lacking in training programs for charge nurses in nursing homes. It was also established that the directors of nursing and charge nurses both agree that the proposed leadership program content and emphasis should be a necessary part of a leadership training program for charge nurses.
Smith, Joanne Esther, "A Study of Leadership Training Programs for Charge Nurses in Nursing Homes" (1983). Dissertations. 2457.