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Nurses perspectives about leadership and their leadership styles preferences

Oliveira de Barros, Haiara (2017) Nurses perspectives about leadership and their leadership styles preferences. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The main topic of this research is Nursing Leadership and leadership styles. The purpose of this study is to explore the Brazilian nurses' perspective about leadership and their leadership styles preferences.

This study aims to address the research question "What are the Brazilian nurses' perspectives about leadership and their leadership style preferences?". In other words, it intends to clarify the Brazilian nurses attributes and attitudes inside the healthcare environment as a leader, with the goals of exploring Brazilian nurses’ point of view about leadership and investigate their leadership preferences. This qualitative research utilised an inductive approach, following the interpretivism philosophy with a descriptive and exploratory character. The data collection instrument was a semi-structured face-to-face interview with 16 Brazilians nurses. The data analysis applied was the Thematic codes analysis.

The research finds that for Brazilian nurses, knowledge and experience about management and nursing is crucial to be a good leader. The nurses also commented that leadership for them includes many duties, such as delegating tasks or supervising. The sample believes that nurses are leaders since the beginning of their careers due to their position in the hospital. For them, an exemplary leader must be humble and flexible, and nurses must develop their inherent characteristics as a leader. Due to those opinions, this research has evidenced that the most predominant leadership styles of the Brazilian nurses are Transformational and Shared owed to the positive impact that these two approaches can make on the healthcare team. Seeing that, this study would suggest that nurses invest in further studies in relation to nursing management and leadership to improve their effectiveness within the healthcare environment and the quality of the assistance offered to the patient.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 12:32
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 12:32

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