The influence of nursing leadership on nurse performance: a systematic literature review
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2010
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Reflective leadership Issue editors: Melanie Jasper and Elisabeth Severinsson
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 425–439, May 2010
How to Cite
BRADY GERMAIN, P. and CUMMINGS, G. G. (2010), The influence of nursing leadership on nurse performance: a systematic literature review. Journal of Nursing Management, 18: 425–439. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01100.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2010
- Accepted for publication: 19 February 2010
- nurse motivation;
- nurse performance;
- nursing leadership;
- systemic review
brady germain p. & cummings g.g. (2010) Journal of Nursing Management18, 425–439 The influence of nursing leadership on nurse performance: a systematic literature review
Aim The aim was to explore leadership factors that influence nurse performance and particularly, the role that nursing leadership behaviors play in nurses’ perceptions of performance motivation.
Background Nurse performance is vital to quality patient care outcomes and nursing leadership behaviors have been linked to nurse performance.
Evaluations A review of research articles that examined the factors that nurses perceived as influencing their motivation and performance was conducted. Eight studies were included in the final analysis.
Key issues Nurses’ perceptions of factors that affect their motivation and ability to perform were grouped into five categories using content analysis: autonomy, work relationships, resource accessibility, nurse factors, and leadership practices. Nursing leadership behaviors were found to influence both nurses’ motivations directly and indirectly via other factors.
Conclusion The review suggests that nurse performance may be improved by addressing nurse autonomy, relationships among nurses, their colleagues and leaders, and resource accessibility.
Implications for nursing management Nursing managers and leaders may enhance their nurses’ performance by understanding and addressing the factors that affect their ability and motivation to perform.