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Observations and interviews describing first-line manager’s work at hospitals where the staff rates high access to empowering structures
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Caring Science, Caring Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1127-2891
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Caring Science, Caring Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9457-9521
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7261-3496
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Caring Science, Caring Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9912-5350
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2021 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background

In times where hospitals are struggling with recruitment as well as keeping their current workers healthy and willing to stay on, it is important to identify factors that can help work organizations in their work of providing conditions for a good work environment and for a leadership that promotes health and development.

Objective

The aim was to study how first-line managers act at units where the staff has rated their access to empowering structures as high and to describe this together with the first-line managers' and their staff's descriptions regarding the staff's access to empowering structures by using Kanter's theory of structural empowerment as a framework. 

Method

A descriptive design with a qualitative approach collecting data using both observations and interviews. The study sample consisted of five first-line managers (FLM) and 13 staff members, at hospital units in different parts of Sweden, where the staff had rated their access to empowering structures as high using the Conditions of Work Effectiveness Questionnaire – II (CWEQ II) in a previous data collection.

Both the first and last author conducted 80 hours of observations, following each FLM during two workdays, and 15 hours of interviewing both the FLMs and staff members. Fieldnotes of what the FLMs were doing were taken during the observations. On the third day at the unit, interviews were conducted with the FLM and two or three out of their staff. The interviews were semi-structured with questions related to the observations and questions inspired by Kanter’s theory. Data from both MP3 files and notebooks were transferred into a Word document and directed content analysis informed by Kanter’s theory was performed on the material as a whole.

Results

Preliminary results from the ongoing analysis indicate that findings in both the observations and interviews often confirm and support each other.

 

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2021.
Keywords [en]
hospital, nurse managers, nurses, observation, structural conditions, working conditions
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Nursing
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Health-Promoting Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-40020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-40020DiVA, id: diva2:1699673
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Nordic Conference in Nursing Research (NCNR 2021), 4-6 October, 2021, Copenhegen, Denmark
Available from: 2022-09-28 Created: 2022-09-28 Last updated: 2023-02-17Bibliographically approved

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Lundin, KarinSilén, MaritStrömberg, AnnikaEngström, MariaSkytt, Bernice

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