Understanding Nursing Leadership within a Complexity Theoretical Framework

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147301
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Understanding Nursing Leadership within a Complexity Theoretical Framework
Abstract:
Understanding Nursing Leadership within a Complexity Theoretical Framework
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Penprase, Barbara, PhD, RN, CNOR
P.I. Institution Name:Oakland University
Title:Assistant Professor
This presentation discusses my research findings that examine the effects of nursing management’s responses to changing environmental pressures. It specifically focuses on environmental pressures as manifested through communication, trust, and resistance using a complexity theoretical framework. Complexity theory stipulates creativity and survival lie between chaos and stability. Complex systems acquire the ability to bring order and chaos into a special kind of balance at the edge of chaos. Identification of patterns that result in successful change is key in today’s healthcare environment for nursing leadership. Instrumental to the formation of social patterns are attractors which serve to draw individuals towards each other. Attractors are portrayed as stable, lending themselves as excellent memory banks with the ability to retain information over long periods of time, yet vibrant enough to process the information. Moving to the edge of chaos is where strong, social patterns of behaviors, built over time, can be found that are flexible, open to change and capable of providing the foundation for future responses. A system like nursing that is complex includes many independent agents interacting with each other in a variety of ways. The very richness of these interactions allows the system as a whole to undergo spontaneous self-organization. Nurse managers trying to adapt to many changes unconsciously organize themselves into subgroups through a myriad of individual acts based on issues of trust and power. The research contributes to the understanding of nursing leadership during change by studying systems and their interrelationships and interdependencies. Specifically, what key attractors act as foundations to behavioral patterns as well as serve as magnets for spontaneous regrouping of individuals related to issues of trust, communication, and resistance. Through this understanding, nursing will be better prepared to move toward the edge of chaos and position themselves as major forces in the healthcare environment.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleUnderstanding Nursing Leadership within a Complexity Theoretical Frameworken_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147301-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Understanding Nursing Leadership within a Complexity Theoretical Framework</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Penprase, Barbara, PhD, RN, CNOR</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Oakland University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">penprase@oakland.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This presentation discusses my research findings that examine the effects of nursing management&rsquo;s responses to changing environmental pressures. It specifically focuses on environmental pressures as manifested through communication, trust, and resistance using a complexity theoretical framework. Complexity theory stipulates creativity and survival lie between chaos and stability. Complex systems acquire the ability to bring order and chaos into a special kind of balance at the edge of chaos. Identification of patterns that result in successful change is key in today&rsquo;s healthcare environment for nursing leadership. Instrumental to the formation of social patterns are attractors which serve to draw individuals towards each other. Attractors are portrayed as stable, lending themselves as excellent memory banks with the ability to retain information over long periods of time, yet vibrant enough to process the information. Moving to the edge of chaos is where strong, social patterns of behaviors, built over time, can be found that are flexible, open to change and capable of providing the foundation for future responses. A system like nursing that is complex includes many independent agents interacting with each other in a variety of ways. The very richness of these interactions allows the system as a whole to undergo spontaneous self-organization. Nurse managers trying to adapt to many changes unconsciously organize themselves into subgroups through a myriad of individual acts based on issues of trust and power. The research contributes to the understanding of nursing leadership during change by studying systems and their interrelationships and interdependencies. Specifically, what key attractors act as foundations to behavioral patterns as well as serve as magnets for spontaneous regrouping of individuals related to issues of trust, communication, and resistance. Through this understanding, nursing will be better prepared to move toward the edge of chaos and position themselves as major forces in the healthcare environment.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:31:02Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:31:02Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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