Perceptions of Leadership Characteristics in Baccalaureate Senior Nursing Students

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155027
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Presentation
Title:
Perceptions of Leadership Characteristics in Baccalaureate Senior Nursing Students
Abstract:
Perceptions of Leadership Characteristics in Baccalaureate Senior Nursing Students
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2010
Author:Johanson, Linda, RN, EdD
P.I. Institution Name:Lenoir-Rhyne University
Title:Associate Professor
21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose for this research was to determine if senior nursing students in a private university in the southeastern USA perceive that they possess strong leadership characteristics at the conclusion of their nursing program. Baccalaureate graduates will be required to assume leadership positions in the profession upon graduation. This research was done as a part of program evaluation regarding the adequacy of leadership concepts taught in the curriculum. Methods: The senior classes were surveyed over three years to obtain three successive cohorts of data and a total sample of 63 students. Participants in the mandatory nursing leadership course were asked to consider a recent situation in which they assumed a leadership role. They were given a list of fourteen characteristics assembled from the literature noted to be important for leaders. Each student was asked to rate their perception of their ability regarding that characteristic as "excellent," "good," "fair," or "poor." They were required to provide rationale for each rating as well. Results: Recent experiences with leadership varied, including tutoring, fundraising, and leadership on work projects. The majority of students perceived themselves to be democratic leaders (56%). The leadership characteristics perceived by the students to be strongest included:ÿ Being visible to followers, treating followers as unique individuals, and establishing trust. The characteristics perceived as the weakest included:ÿ stimulating critical thinking, promoting innovation and risk-taking, and managing changes. Overall, 82% of ratings for all characteristics were perceived as "excellent" or "good." Responses by the three cohorts did not vary significantly. Conclusion: The senior nursing students at this university perceive that they strongly possess characteristics consistent with good leadership at the end of their nursing program. Faculty members have initiated strategies to promote more practice with critical thinking in this curriculum.
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.titlePerceptions of Leadership Characteristics in Baccalaureate Senior Nursing Studentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155027-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Perceptions of Leadership Characteristics in Baccalaureate Senior Nursing Students</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">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Johanson, Linda, RN, EdD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Lenoir-Rhyne University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">johansonl@lr.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose for this research was to determine if senior nursing students in a private university in the southeastern USA perceive that they possess strong leadership characteristics at the conclusion of their nursing program. Baccalaureate graduates will be required to assume leadership positions in the profession upon graduation. This research was done as a part of program evaluation regarding the adequacy of leadership concepts taught in the curriculum. Methods: The senior classes were surveyed over three years to obtain three successive cohorts of data and a total sample of 63 students. Participants in the mandatory nursing leadership course were asked to consider a recent situation in which they assumed a leadership role. They were given a list of fourteen characteristics assembled from the literature noted to be important for leaders. Each student was asked to rate their perception of their ability regarding that characteristic as &quot;excellent,&quot; &quot;good,&quot; &quot;fair,&quot; or &quot;poor.&quot; They were required to provide rationale for each rating as well. Results: Recent experiences with leadership varied, including tutoring, fundraising, and leadership on work projects. The majority of students perceived themselves to be democratic leaders (56%). The leadership characteristics perceived by the students to be strongest included:&yuml; Being visible to followers, treating followers as unique individuals, and establishing trust. The characteristics perceived as the weakest included:&yuml; stimulating critical thinking, promoting innovation and risk-taking, and managing changes. Overall, 82% of ratings for all characteristics were perceived as &quot;excellent&quot; or &quot;good.&quot; Responses by the three cohorts did not vary significantly. Conclusion: The senior nursing students at this university perceive that they strongly possess characteristics consistent with good leadership at the end of their nursing program. Faculty members have initiated strategies to promote more practice with critical thinking in this curriculum.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:28:33Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:28:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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