Educational Gaps and Solutions for Early-Career Nurse Managers’ Education and Participation in Quality Improvement

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Abstract

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 FLNMs reported 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.

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