Nursing leadership practices as perceived by Finnish nursing staff: high ethics, less feedback and rewards

Authors

  • VICTOR OKEY ENEH BSc, BBA, BSN, MSN, RN,

    1. Junior Researcher, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
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  • KATRI VEHVILÄINEN-JULKUNEN PhD, RN, RM,

    1. Junior Researcher, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
    2. Professor and Chair
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  • TARJA KVIST PhD, RN

    1. University Researcher, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
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Victor Okey Eneh
Department of Nursing Science
University of Eastern Finland
POB 1627
70211 Kuopio
Finland
E-mail: eneh@student.uef.fi

Abstract

eneh v.o., vehviläinen-julkunen k.&kvist t. (2012) Journal of Nursing Management20, 159–169
Nursing leadership practices as perceived by Finnish nursing staff: high ethics, less feedback and rewards

Aims  The purpose was to examine the perceptions of Finnish nursing staff of their nursing leadership and how nurses’ background variables are associated with their perceptions.

Background  Nursing leadership practices and behaviours influence nursing staff work performances. In Finland, studies examining leadership practices from the perspective of nursing staff are limited.

Methods  This quantitative, cross-sectional study involved four hospitals in Eastern Finland. A total of 1497 nursing staff completed the structured electronic questionnaire.

Results  In general, seven out of 10 nursing staff held positive perceptions about leadership ethics and their professional development. Over one-third of nursing staff were dissatisfied with the nursing process and with their feedback and rewards, while only four out of 10 evaluated their nursing director either in a positive or negative way. There were no significant differences regarding their perceptions when different background variables were taken into account.

Conclusion  Nursing leadership needs the opinion of nursing staff in order to help formulate a favourable work environment where they can utilize their full potential and improve nursing care.

Implications for nursing management  Nursing staff expect feedback and rewards, involvement in the decision making process, and clear vision from nurse leaders.

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