Factors that facilitate Registered Nurses in their first-line nurse manager role
Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2013
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Work Climate, Communication and Culture - Workforce Issues and Staff Retention Issue editor: Kristiina Hyrkas
Volume 22, Issue 8, pages 1005–1014, November 2014
How to Cite
2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22, 1005–1014. Factors that facilitate Registered Nurses in their first-line nurse manager role, , , & (
- Issue online: 3 NOV 2014
- Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 MAR 2013
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To determine the factors that attract and retain Registered Nurses in the first-line nurse manager role.
The first-line nurse manger role is pivotal in health-care organisations. National demographics suggest that Canada will face a first-line nurse manager shortage because of retirement in the next decade. Determination of factors that attract and retain Registered Nurses will assist organisations and policy makers to employ strategies to address this shortage.
The study used an exploratory, descriptive qualitative approach, consisting of semi-structured individual interviews with 11 Registered Nurses in first-line nurse manager roles.
The findings revealed a discrepancy between the factors that attract and retain Registered Nurses in the first-line nurse manager role, underscored the importance of the mentor role and confirmed the challenges encountered by first-line nurse managers practicing in the current health-care environment.
The first-line nurse manager role has been under studied. Further research is warranted to understand which strategies are most effective in supporting first-line nurse managers.
Implications for Nursing Management
Strategies to support nurses in the first-line nurse manager role are discussed for the individual, programme, organisation and health-care system/policy levels.