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J Nurs Manag. 2016 Jan;24(1):E54-61. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12288. Epub 2015 Feb 20.

The influence of empowerment, authentic leadership, and professional practice environments on nurses' perceived interprofessional collaboration.

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Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was to examine the influence of structural empowerment, authentic leadership and professional nursing practice environments on experienced nurses' perceptions of interprofessional collaboration.

BACKGROUND:

Enhanced interprofessional collaboration (IPC) is seen as one means of transforming the health-care system and addressing concerns about shortages of health-care workers. Organizational supports and resources are suggested as key to promoting IPC.

METHODS:

A predictive non-experimental design was used to test the effects of structural empowerment, authentic leadership and professional nursing practice environments on perceived interprofessional collaboration. A random sample of experienced registered nurses (n = 220) in Ontario, Canada completed a mailed questionnaire. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used.

RESULTS:

Higher perceived structural empowerment, authentic leadership, and professional practice environments explained 45% of the variance in perceived IPC (Adj. R² = 0.452, F = 59.40, P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Results suggest that structural empowerment, authentic leadership and a professional nursing practice environment may enhance IPC.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT:

Nurse leaders who ensure access to resources such as knowledge of IPC, embody authenticity and build trust among nurses, and support the presence of a professional nursing practice environment can contribute to enhanced IPC.

KEYWORDS:

authentic leadership; empowerment; interprofessional collaboration; professional nursing practice environment

PMID:
25703584
DOI:
10.1111/jonm.12288
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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