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J Nurs Manag. 2011 Nov;19(8):1028-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01324.x. Epub 2011 Nov 3.

Nurse managers' challenges in project management.

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Department of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. marjo.suhonen@oulu.fi

Abstract

AIM:

To analyse the challenges that nurse managers meet in project management.

BACKGROUND:

Project management done by nurse managers has a significant role in the success of projects conducted in work units.

METHODS:

The data were collected by open interviews (n = 14). The participants were nurse managers, nurses and public health nurses. Data analysis was carried out using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS:

The three main challenges nurse managers faced in project management in health-care work units were: (1) apathetic organization and management, (2) paralysed work community and (3) cooperation between individuals being discouraged.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nurse managers' challenges in project management can be viewed from the perspective of the following paradoxes: (1) keeping up projects-ensuring patient care, (2) enthusiastic management-effective management of daily work and (3) supporting the work of a multiprofessional team-leadership of individual employees.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT:

It is important for nurse managers to learn to relate these paradoxes to one another in a positive way. Further research is needed, focusing on nurse managers' ability to promote workplace spirituality, nurse managers' emotional intelligence and their enthusiasm in small projects.

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