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Keywords:

  • empowerment;
  • leadership;
  • nursing;
  • rural

Aim

To provide insight into the perceptions of structural empowerment of nurse leaders working in rural and regional Victoria, Australia.

Background

Fostering nurse leadership in rural health services may be informed by gaining insight into rural nurse leaders' perceptions of structural empowerment.

Method

A sample of nurse executives (= 45) from hospitals throughout rural Victoria, Australia completed the Conditions of Work Effectiveness Questionnaire II (CWEQ-II) aimed to measure structural empowerment.

Results

Rural nurse leaders' perceive themselves to be moderately empowered.

Conclusion

The concept of structural empowerment may be useful to inform rural leadership practices.

Implications for nursing management

Acknowledgement of structural empowerment by nurse leaders may assist in the process of formulating strategies to facilitate an open, honest and responsive culture of patient safety, removing silos, departmental turf issues, and professional territoriality in healthcare services.