Experience of Dutch Post-Doctoral Nurses of Leadership and Career Development: A Qualitative Explorative Study

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621547
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Title:
Experience of Dutch Post-Doctoral Nurses of Leadership and Career Development: A Qualitative Explorative Study
Author(s):
Uitewaal-Poslawsky, Irina; de Lange, Wedela; Regelink, Anne Mien; Hafsteinsdottir, Thora B.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Rho Chi-at-Large
Author Details:
Irina Uitewaal-Poslawsky, PhD, RN, Professional Experience: Ms. Poslawsky has been working for many years in psychiatry and finished her PhD in 2014 with the thesis entitled: "Parenting a child with autism. Support for early parent-child interaction" She currently works as a Research Coordinator at the Psychiatry Department of University Medical Center Utrecht and is a faculty lecturer at the Faculty of Clinical Health Sciences, Utrecht University. Utrecht, The Netherlands Author Summary: Ms. Poslawsky has been working for many years in psychiatry and finished her PhD in 2014 with the thesis entitled: "Parenting a child with autism. Support for early parent-child interaction" She currently works as a Research Coordinator at the Psychiatry Department of University Medical Center Utrecht and is a faculty lecturer at the Faculty of Clinical Health Sciences, Utrecht University. Utrecht, The Netherlands
Abstract:

Purpose: Currently challenges in health care call for leadership to rebuild the nursing workforce and implement new models of care. Therefore, it is highly important to strengthen the research capacity of nursing faculties by investing in leadership and career development of post-doctoral nurses (1,2). However, research on the experiences of post-doctoral nurses is lacking (3). The purpose of this study is to explore Dutch post-doctoral nurses’ experiences with their leadership and career development in research functions.

Methods: A general qualitative design was used, in which the experiences of post-doctoral nurses were explored by conducting open, in-depth interviews (4). The data were analyzed with a thematic analysis approach containing six steps familiarizing with the data, generating initial codes, searching for themes, reviewing themes, defining and naming themes and producing the report (5).

Results: Twelve interviews were conducted with postdoctoral nurses working in research. Participants, eight women and four men, ranging in age from 30 to 65 years, worked in different research functions in the Netherlands. The thematic analysis of the interviews led to five themes: Scientific World; Professional Identity; Balance in Life; Appreciation, Collaboration, and Support; and Career Development and Leadership. Post-doctoral nurses have multiple functions, sometimes with conflicting demands between research and patient care or education. Support, collaboration, appreciation, identifying as a nurse, maintaining balance and leadership behavior are important preconditions for post-doctoral nurses to develop a successful career. On the other hand, the absence of this conditions was hindering post-doctoral nurses in the development of their career.

 

Conclusion: Post-doctoral nurses experience successful and challenging aspects as described in their career development. They use leadership behavior to balance these aspects in their own way. Leadership behavior was found to be highly important in their career development, in order to become a successful postdoctoral researcher. This study demonstrates that the scientific world can be a tough environment where leadership behavior, support, collaboration, nursing professional identity, and good balance in life is needed. Future research is recommended to gain insight into the actual academic development of nursing science in the Netherlands. The creation and development of more advanced academic functions for postdoctoral nurses in all arenas of nursing, including clinical practice, education and research is strongly recommended.

Keywords:
Career Development; Leadership; Postdoctoral Nurses
Repository Posting Date:
20-Jun-2017
Date of Publication:
20-Jun-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17PST372
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleExperience of Dutch Post-Doctoral Nurses of Leadership and Career Development: A Qualitative Explorative Studyen_US
dc.contributor.authorUitewaal-Poslawsky, Irinaen
dc.contributor.authorde Lange, Wedelaen
dc.contributor.authorRegelink, Anne Mienen
dc.contributor.authorHafsteinsdottir, Thora B.en
dc.contributor.departmentRho Chi-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsIrina Uitewaal-Poslawsky, PhD, RN, Professional Experience: Ms. Poslawsky has been working for many years in psychiatry and finished her PhD in 2014 with the thesis entitled: "Parenting a child with autism. Support for early parent-child interaction" She currently works as a Research Coordinator at the Psychiatry Department of University Medical Center Utrecht and is a faculty lecturer at the Faculty of Clinical Health Sciences, Utrecht University. Utrecht, The Netherlands Author Summary: Ms. Poslawsky has been working for many years in psychiatry and finished her PhD in 2014 with the thesis entitled: "Parenting a child with autism. Support for early parent-child interaction" She currently works as a Research Coordinator at the Psychiatry Department of University Medical Center Utrecht and is a faculty lecturer at the Faculty of Clinical Health Sciences, Utrecht University. Utrecht, The Netherlandsen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621547-
dc.description.abstract<p><strong>Purpose: </strong><span>Currently challenges in health care call for leadership to rebuild the nursing workforce and implement new models of care. Therefore, it is highly important to strengthen the research capacity of nursing faculties by investing in leadership and career development of post-doctoral nurses (1,2). However, research on the experiences of post-doctoral nurses is lacking (3). The purpose of this study is to explore Dutch post-doctoral nurses’ experiences with their leadership and career development in research functions.</span></p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>A general qualitative design was used, in which the experiences of post-doctoral nurses were explored by conducting open, in-depth interviews (4). The data were analyzed with a thematic analysis approach containing six steps familiarizing with the data, generating initial codes, searching for themes, reviewing themes, defining and naming themes and producing the report (5).</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Twelve interviews were conducted with postdoctoral nurses working in research. Participants, eight women and four men, ranging in age from 30 to 65 years, worked in different research functions in the Netherlands. The thematic analysis of the interviews led to five themes: Scientific World; Professional Identity; Balance in Life; Appreciation, Collaboration, and Support; and Career Development and Leadership. Post-doctoral nurses have multiple functions, sometimes with conflicting demands between research and patient care or education. Support, collaboration, appreciation, identifying as a nurse, maintaining balance and leadership behavior are important preconditions for post-doctoral nurses to develop a successful career. On the other hand, the absence of this conditions was hindering post-doctoral nurses in the development of their career.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Post-doctoral nurses experience successful and challenging aspects as described in their career development. They use leadership behavior to balance these aspects in their own way. Leadership behavior was found to be highly important in their career development, in order to become a successful postdoctoral researcher. This study demonstrates that the scientific world can be a tough environment where leadership behavior, support, collaboration, nursing professional identity, and good balance in life is needed. Future research is recommended to gain insight into the actual academic development of nursing science in the Netherlands. The creation and development of more advanced academic functions for postdoctoral nurses in all arenas of nursing, including clinical practice, education and research is strongly recommended.</p>en
dc.subjectCareer Developmenten
dc.subjectLeadershipen
dc.subjectPostdoctoral Nursesen
dc.date.available2017-06-20T18:50:57Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-20-
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-20T18:50:57Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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