Beyond the Lack of Resources: Nurse Managers' Perspectives on Communication in Rural Settings

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/601796
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Beyond the Lack of Resources: Nurse Managers' Perspectives on Communication in Rural Settings
Other Titles:
Perspectives on Team Communication [Session]
Author(s):
Hartung, Sheila Q.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Theta Zeta
Author Details:
Sheila Q. Hartung, RN, shartung@bloomu.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, July 25, 2015: Background: There is increasing awareness that poor communication is at the root of many chronic problems in healthcare. While poor communication and lack of teamwork of healthcare providers have been demonstrated to be harmful to patients and the healthcare team, nurse managers and administrators are challenged to respond appropriately to these threats to a healthy work environment. Other challenges to the rural setting such as geographic diversity, features of the physical environment, and population density impact how professional staff and nurse managers interact. However, few studies have focused on nurse managers' view of their impact on communication and, thus, the creation and maintenance of the healthy work environment in rural settings. Purpose: A qualitative, explorative, and descriptive study using Grounded Theory methods was conducted. The study population comprised 9 nurse managers from rural, regional, and community settings. Participants were recruited through purposive and theoretical sampling. The purpose of this study was to examine how nurse managers in rural settings perceived communication factors that promote a healthy workplace and their role in setting the tone on the unit or program. ' Methods: Data collection consisted of demographic information, audiotaped semi-structured interviews, transcripts of those interviews, and researchers' field notes and memos. Data analysis was performed using the constant comparative method according to the Strauss and Corbin method and was assisted in the use of qualitative data software (ATLAS.ti) to explicate the processes. Results: Identified commonalities, patterns, and themes across the interviews indicated a more negative tone of communication in the workplace. Various tools of communication either promoted or hindered effective and healthy communication. The uniqueness of practice in the rural setting challenged nurse managers on a daily basis. Nurse managers' described their role in setting the tone of communication and factors that helped or hindered the healthy work environment. ' Conclusion: This study provides insights for nurse managers in rural settings who are struggling with creation and maintenance of healthy work environments and strategies to promote effective communication. Accommodation of the rural limitations without sacrificing expanded use of technology is crucial for meeting the needs of health care staff and rural health care settings.
Keywords:
Nurse Managers; Communication; Healthy Work Environment
Repository Posting Date:
17-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
17-Mar-2016 ; 17-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC15G05
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
26th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description:
Research Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleBeyond the Lack of Resources: Nurse Managers' Perspectives on Communication in Rural Settingsen
dc.title.alternativePerspectives on Team Communication [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorHartung, Sheila Q.en
dc.contributor.departmentTheta Zetaen
dc.author.detailsSheila Q. Hartung, RN, shartung@bloomu.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/601796-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, July 25, 2015: Background: There is increasing awareness that poor communication is at the root of many chronic problems in healthcare. While poor communication and lack of teamwork of healthcare providers have been demonstrated to be harmful to patients and the healthcare team, nurse managers and administrators are challenged to respond appropriately to these threats to a healthy work environment. Other challenges to the rural setting such as geographic diversity, features of the physical environment, and population density impact how professional staff and nurse managers interact. However, few studies have focused on nurse managers' view of their impact on communication and, thus, the creation and maintenance of the healthy work environment in rural settings. Purpose: A qualitative, explorative, and descriptive study using Grounded Theory methods was conducted. The study population comprised 9 nurse managers from rural, regional, and community settings. Participants were recruited through purposive and theoretical sampling. The purpose of this study was to examine how nurse managers in rural settings perceived communication factors that promote a healthy workplace and their role in setting the tone on the unit or program. ' Methods: Data collection consisted of demographic information, audiotaped semi-structured interviews, transcripts of those interviews, and researchers' field notes and memos. Data analysis was performed using the constant comparative method according to the Strauss and Corbin method and was assisted in the use of qualitative data software (ATLAS.ti) to explicate the processes. Results: Identified commonalities, patterns, and themes across the interviews indicated a more negative tone of communication in the workplace. Various tools of communication either promoted or hindered effective and healthy communication. The uniqueness of practice in the rural setting challenged nurse managers on a daily basis. Nurse managers' described their role in setting the tone of communication and factors that helped or hindered the healthy work environment. ' Conclusion: This study provides insights for nurse managers in rural settings who are struggling with creation and maintenance of healthy work environments and strategies to promote effective communication. Accommodation of the rural limitations without sacrificing expanded use of technology is crucial for meeting the needs of health care staff and rural health care settings.en
dc.subjectNurse Managersen
dc.subjectCommunicationen
dc.subjectHealthy Work Environmenten
dc.date.available2016-03-17T12:55:45Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-17-
dc.date.issued2016-03-17en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T12:55:45Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name26th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationSan Juan, Puerto Ricoen
dc.descriptionResearch Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.en
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