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Ambiguous meanings of projects as facilitators of sensegiving

Authors

  • Nina Lunkka MSc,

    Physiotherapist, Corresponding author
    1. Oulu University Hospital, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
    2. Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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  • Marjo Suhonen PhD

    Lecturer
    1. Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
    2. Department of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Abstract

Aim

To describe mid-level nurse managers' experiences of sensegiving in the context of hospital projects.

Background

Sensegiving is about shaping and affecting how employees see themselves, their work and issues related to their work. It has been little studied in the context of hospital projects from mid-level nurse managers' point of view.

Method

Mid-level nurse managers (n = 10) were interviewed about their experiences of projects from the viewpoint of sensegiving during change processes. Data was analysed using discourse analysis.

Results

Three repertoires were constructed from the data: the repertoires of regeneration, control and humane.

Conclusion

Projects were considered as appropriate ways for sensegiving in hospitals from the viewpoint of mid-level nurse managers. In order to use projects effectively in hospitals as means for change management mid-level nurse managers ought to enhance their role as interpreters during the change process (i.e. strengthen their visioning, talk and dialogue skills).

Implications for nursing management

Training on the nature of change as a social and interactive process could deepen mid-level nurse managers' understanding of the change process in the context of hospital projects.

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