Breakthrough Leadership – A Window into the Boardroom: A Descriptive Phenomenology Pilot Study about the Experiences of Nurses Serving on Interprofessional Healthcare Governing Boards

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602783
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Breakthrough Leadership – A Window into the Boardroom: A Descriptive Phenomenology Pilot Study about the Experiences of Nurses Serving on Interprofessional Healthcare Governing Boards
Author(s):
Sundean, Lisa J.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Kappa Alpha
Author Details:
Lisa J. Sundean, RN, lisa.sundean@uconn.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Nurse engagement on healthcare governing boards in the United States is low between two and six percent. The 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing; Leading Change, Advancing Health , recommends nurses engage as board members and become equal partners with other healthcare leaders to make critical decisions about healthcare design and reform. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently launched an initiative to place 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. Nursing organizations like Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Academy of Nursing, and the American Nurses Association have partnered with RWJF to bring the initiative to fruition. Considering nurses are at the nexus of patient care, quality, and costs, nursing leadership at the board level is critical. Few research studies examine the issue of nurses on boards. PURPOSE: The purpose of the pilot study was to describe the experiences of nurses on interprofessional healthcare governing boards and to begin a trajectory of research evidence about this topic. METHOD: The research design used was descriptive phenomenology. A purposive sample of three nurse board members from New England participated in the study. The interview statement was, “Please describe to me your experiences as a nurse serving on an interprofessional healthcare governing board. Please describe all your thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and specific examples you can recall and wish to share.” Data were analyzed using Colaizzi’s method of phenomenological data analysis. RESULTS: Data analysis yielded seven themes: 1. Role on the Board: Pusher and Prodder, 2. Nursing Skill Sets: Innovator, Implementer, Evaluator, 3. Composition of the Board: Hats Off to the Person Who Brought Me onto the Board, 4. Voice and Influence: By the Way, I Happen to be a Nurse, 5. Culture of the Board: It was an Old Boys Network, 6. Board Work: Let’s Get Down to Business, and 7. Personal Outcomes: A Fantastic Learning Opportunity. The fundamental structure of the experience is one of breakthrough leadership described in terms of influence, contribution, respect, pride, and personal development. DISCUSSION: Even though challenges were described, serving on healthcare boards allowed the nurse participants to effectively use their voice, knowledge, skills, and expertise to contribute to high-level leadership and decision-making about healthcare. The experiences of the nurse board leaders in this study demonstrated their ability to engage in board level discussions and decision-making as recommended in the IOM report. The experiences of the nurses in the study provide a window into the boardroom. The boardroom is one that few nurses enter. To effectively contribute to the transformation of the healthcare system, it is critical for nurses to engage as leaders in healthcare boardrooms.
Keywords:
interprofessional leadership; board governance; phenomenology
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15LD2.38
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.titleBreakthrough Leadership – A Window into the Boardroom: A Descriptive Phenomenology Pilot Study about the Experiences of Nurses Serving on Interprofessional Healthcare Governing Boardsen
dc.contributor.authorSundean, Lisa J.en
dc.contributor.departmentKappa Alphaen
dc.author.detailsLisa J. Sundean, RN, lisa.sundean@uconn.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602783en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Nurse engagement on healthcare governing boards in the United States is low between two and six percent. The 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing; Leading Change, Advancing Health , recommends nurses engage as board members and become equal partners with other healthcare leaders to make critical decisions about healthcare design and reform. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently launched an initiative to place 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. Nursing organizations like Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Academy of Nursing, and the American Nurses Association have partnered with RWJF to bring the initiative to fruition. Considering nurses are at the nexus of patient care, quality, and costs, nursing leadership at the board level is critical. Few research studies examine the issue of nurses on boards. PURPOSE: The purpose of the pilot study was to describe the experiences of nurses on interprofessional healthcare governing boards and to begin a trajectory of research evidence about this topic. METHOD: The research design used was descriptive phenomenology. A purposive sample of three nurse board members from New England participated in the study. The interview statement was, “Please describe to me your experiences as a nurse serving on an interprofessional healthcare governing board. Please describe all your thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and specific examples you can recall and wish to share.” Data were analyzed using Colaizzi’s method of phenomenological data analysis. RESULTS: Data analysis yielded seven themes: 1. Role on the Board: Pusher and Prodder, 2. Nursing Skill Sets: Innovator, Implementer, Evaluator, 3. Composition of the Board: Hats Off to the Person Who Brought Me onto the Board, 4. Voice and Influence: By the Way, I Happen to be a Nurse, 5. Culture of the Board: It was an Old Boys Network, 6. Board Work: Let’s Get Down to Business, and 7. Personal Outcomes: A Fantastic Learning Opportunity. The fundamental structure of the experience is one of breakthrough leadership described in terms of influence, contribution, respect, pride, and personal development. DISCUSSION: Even though challenges were described, serving on healthcare boards allowed the nurse participants to effectively use their voice, knowledge, skills, and expertise to contribute to high-level leadership and decision-making about healthcare. The experiences of the nurse board leaders in this study demonstrated their ability to engage in board level discussions and decision-making as recommended in the IOM report. The experiences of the nurses in the study provide a window into the boardroom. The boardroom is one that few nurses enter. To effectively contribute to the transformation of the healthcare system, it is critical for nurses to engage as leaders in healthcare boardrooms.en
dc.subjectinterprofessional leadershipen
dc.subjectboard governanceen
dc.subjectphenomenologyen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:36:39Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:36:39Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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