Decision styles of ward managers and nursing officers in acute care hospitals

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Decision styles of ward managers and nursing officers in acute care hospitals


Author: Chan, Wai-cheung Fred
Title: Decision styles of ward managers and nursing officers in acute care hospitals
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Nurse administrators -- China -- Hong Kong
Decision making -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: 119, [12] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: In order to explore the decision styles of nursing officers and ward managers in the acute care hospitals, a self return questionnaire was designed to study the demographic variables and the decision styles including the intensity of use of the styles. The sample included 173 nurses of which 116 were nursing officers and 57 were ward managers. All nursing officers and ward managers were from acute hospitals in four different hospital clusters as defined by Hospital Authority, Hong Kong. The demographic variables included in the study were: sex, age, rank, experience in present rank, and levels of education. The decision styles were the "directive", "analytic", "conceptual", and "behavioural" styles. The mean scores were calculated to determine the level of intensity in the use of the decision styles. The level of intensity was rated as "least preferred", "back-up", "dominant", and "very dominant". The results indicated that: 1. Nursing officers and ward managers generally used the "behavioural" style in decision making. However, intensity of use was different. 2. There was association between the demographic variables and the decision styles. 3. There was weak to moderate statistical significant relationship between sex, rank, level of education and the "analytic", "conceptual", and "behavioural" decision styles. The findings, implications and recommendations were discussed in the context of nursing practice, workplace characteristics, and the educational preparation of nurses. Future directions for research in decision styles were suggested. The limitations of the study were delineated.

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