How do charge nurses view their roles in long-term care?

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McGilton, K S., Bowers, Barbara, McKenzie-Green, Barbara, Boscart, V and Brown, Maryanne. (2009). How do charge nurses view their roles in long-term care? Journal of Applied Gerontology. 28(6), pp. 723 - 742. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464809336088
AuthorsMcGilton, K S., Bowers, Barbara, McKenzie-Green, Barbara, Boscart, V and Brown, Maryanne
Abstract

This article explores how registered nurses (RNs) in long-term care (LTC) understand their role as charge nurses. Data are derived from 16 charge nurses employed in 8 facilities in Ontario, Canada. Qualitative methods are used to analyze audiotapings of interviews. The findings reveal a range of dimensions and subdimensions. Charge nurses experience their work as highly complex and unpredictable. Themes that captured the following dimensions of the supervisor role in LTC include (a) against all odds, getting through the day; (b) stepping in work; and (c) leading and supporting unregulated care workers. In addition, analysis within each category reveals a complex intersection between the nurses’ perceptions of the context and their consequent work strategies. The emerging demands placed on supervisors due to the growing complexity of residents, increasing government regulations, and staffing shortages have caused the role of the charge nurse to evolve with little reflection on its impact.

Keywordsnursing homes; long-term care facilities; leadership; supervisors; charge nurse
Year2009
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Journal citation28 (6), pp. 723 - 742
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0733-4648
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464809336088
Scopus EID2-s2.0-74049112957
Page range723 - 742
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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