Educational gaps and solutions for early-career nurse managers' education and participation in quality improvement

Maja Djukic, Christine Kovner, Carol S. Brewer, Farida Fatehi, Jin Jun

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Objective: The objective of this study was to examine early-career frontline nurse managers' (FLNMs') reported educational preparedness and participation in quality improvement (QI). BACKGROUND: Frontline nurse managers are vitally important for leading QI.However, it is not well known if they have adequate knowledge and skills to lead this important function. METHODS: We examined cross-sectional survey data from 42 FLNMs using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: About 30%of FLNMsreported being very prepared across 12 measured QI skills by schools or employers and 35% reported participating in a specific clinical effort to improve patient care on their unit more than once a month. More than 50% reported having good organizational support for QI, but only about 30% reported being rewarded for their contributions to QI. CONCLUSION: Our study highlights opportunities for development in QI for FLNMs and offers some solutions for nurse executives that can bridge the educational gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-211
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 10 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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