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.