Nurse’s perceptions of their group goal attainment capability and professional autonomy: a pilot study
Article first published online: 28 APR 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Nurses' experience of the working environment Issue editor: Melanie Jasper
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 581–590, April 2013
How to Cite
BULARZIK, A. M. H., TULLAI-MCGUINNESS, S. and SIELOFF, C. L. (2013), Nurse’s perceptions of their group goal attainment capability and professional autonomy: a pilot study. Journal of Nursing Management, 21: 581–590. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01381.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2012
- Accepted for publication: 7 December 2011
- goal attainment;
- nurse manager;
- professional autonomy;
Aim A pilot study to examine staff nurses’ perceptions of, and relationships between, group goal attainment capability and professional autonomy.
Background A nursing group’s capability to employ appropriate nursing interventions leads to improvement in patient outcomes. Nurses’ goal attainment capability plays a role in achieving high-quality patient outcomes and may be related to professional autonomy.
Method Staff nurses (N = 90) in one community hospital completed the Sieloff–King Assessment of Group Goal Attainment Capability within Organizations and the Nursing Activity Scale instrument.
Results Staff nurses reported high goal attainment capability and high professional autonomy, and a positive significant but weak correlation (r = 0.24, P < 0.05) was found between nurses’ perceptions of group goal attainment capability and perceptions of professional autonomy. Three of the eight group goal attainment subscales were positively correlated with professional autonomy including: group leaders’ goal attainment capability competency, goals/outcomes competency and goal attainment capability perspective.
Conclusion While three subscales of goal attainment capability were significant, the correlations were weak between professional autonomy and group leader’s goal attainment competency, goals/outcome competency and goal attainment perspective.
Implications for Nursing Management Nurse managers can play a key role in nurses’ group goal attainment capability and perceived professional autonomy.