Exploring nurses' perceptions of nurse managers' communicative relationships that encourage nurses' decisions to buy-in to initiatives that enhance patients' experiences with care.

Published on Jan 19, 2020in Journal of Nursing Management2.386
· DOI :10.1111/JONM.12958
Matthew French‐Bravo (KU: University of Kansas), Heather V. Nelson-Brantley2
Estimated H-index: 2
(KU: University of Kansas)
+ 3 AuthorsJoanna Veazey Brooks4
Estimated H-index: 4
(KU: University of Kansas)
AIM: To explore nurses' perceptions of nurse managers' (NMs') communicative relationships that encourage nurses' decisions to buy-in to organisational initiatives to enhance patients' experiences with care (PEC). BACKGROUND: The role of the nurse to patient experience is well established, yet little is known about how the communicative relationship between manager and nurse relates to nurse buy-in to PEC initiatives. METHOD: An exploratory qualitative descriptive study was conducted with 15 nurses from two inpatient medical-surgical units in a large acute care hospital using semi-structured interviews. RESULTS: Three themes were identified. The communicative relationship was developed and strengthened through the manager's: (a) multimodal approach to communicating and influencing, (b) engaging and supporting staff and (c) promoting staff-led decision-making. CONCLUSIONS: Nurses in our study who reported having a strong communicative relationship with their NM perceived that this relationship encouraged their buy-in and engagement in PEC initiatives. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: An assessment of the communication between the frontline NM and his or her team is important for understanding why initiatives to support PEC are or are not yielding desired results.
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