ALSN Foundation Pilot Award
The Effect of Mini-Mindfulness and Narrative Nursing Interventions to Promote Nurse Leaders’ Resilience and Well-being
In this study, we investigate the effects of a 3-minute mindfulness breathing intervention (3MBS) and a Narrative Nursing (NN) intervention to promote nurse leaders’ well-being and resilience. We will conduct a three-arm randomized controlled trial (RCT), 1) 3MBS group, 2) NN intervention group, and 3) 3MBS/NN intervention group and test effects on well-being and resilience among nurse leaders working in acute care settings.
Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing Pilot Award
Nurses' Fatigue, Sleepiness, Sleep Quality and Experience Working Night Shift
Project Summary: The purpose of this pilot study is to assess fatigue, sleepiness, and sleep quality in clinical nurses and administrative supervisors and improve the experience of working night shift. This will be accomplished by:
Aim 1: To identify if a difference exists in fatigue, sleepiness, and sleep quality between day shift and night shift clinical nurses and day shift and night administrative supervisors.
Aim 2: To describe the relationship between fatigue, sleepiness, and sleep quality in day shift and night shift clinical nurses and administrative supervisors and demographics such as years of experience on night shift, having a second job, and fatigue-related clinical error or near miss.
Aim 3: To describe night shift clinical nurses and administrative supervisors’ experience working night shift and the initiatives to improve their experience working night shift.
COVID-related Stressors, Burnout, Turnover Intention, and Resilience during the Pandemic among Nurse Leaders
Educational Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Project Summary: It is my great honor to be the recipient of the ALSN research grant 2020-2021 sponsored by the Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing (VCAN). The COVID-19 pandemic introduced new stressors to nurse leaders, e.g., managing the complex staffing situation (staff shortages, reassigning nurses to cover COVID-19 units, limited bed capacity, high patient acuities, shortage of personal protective equipment), while supporting their staff nurses. However, there is little evidence on COVID-related stressors, burnout, turnover intention, and resilience among nurse leaders. Therefore, this funding has allowed me to conduct a survey study asking nurse leaders about their COVID-related stressors, burnout, turnover intention, and resilience. My goals are to advance our understanding of COVID-related stressors contributing to burnout, turnover intention, and resilience among nurse leaders during COVID-19 and to provide baseline data to inform the development of actionable interventions to prevent or at least reduce burnout and turnover intention and possibly increase resilience. Attending to the well-being of nurse leaders may have second order effects of improving staff nurses’ work-related outcomes as well as patient outcomes. Thus, the results of this study will ultimately improve the quality of care and health outcomes of patients during a global health crisis.
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An Exploration of Frontline Nurses Managers’ Experience during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic
Project Summary: Confronting the COVID pandemic beginning in March 2020, operational nurse leaders of healthcare organizations across the country have faced major challenges related to surge capacity, personal protective equipment (PPE) supply management, infectious disease prevention practices, rapid just-in-time education and retraining of the hospital workforce, crisis communication, implementation of new clinical treatment guidelines, nearly daily changes in hospital protocols and guidelines, and management of fear, anxiety and uncertainty among staff, patients and families. As chief nursing officers across the country engage in discussions and exchange experiences, significant concerns related to the exceedingly high stress frontline nurse managers (NMs) are experiencing as they lead through the COVID-19 pandemic have risen to the forefront.
The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the professional experiences of NMs during the COVID-19 pandemic and create tools and resources for building leadership competencies and personal resiliency for better preparedness in future pandemics and other crises. The specific research aims are to:
Chipps, E., Joseph, ML., Alexander,C., Lyman, B., Nelson-Brantley, H., Parchment, J., Rivera, R., Schultz, M., Ward, D., Weaver, S. (2021). Setting the Agenda for Nursing Administration and Leadership Science. A Delphi Study, Journal of Nursing Administration, 51(9): 430-438. doi: 10.1097/ NNA.0000000000001042.
Setting the Nursing Leadership and Administration Research Agenda: National Delphi Study. American Organization of Nursing Leadership, virtual conference July 2021.
The Interim Nurse Manager Role and its Influence on Nursing Staff and Patient Outcomes: A Mixed Methods Approach
The quality of a manager is the single biggest factor in the success of an organization. The increasing financial pressures and clinical challenges faced by healthcare systems coupled with a growing demand to fill vacated positions has resulted in a growing need for interim nurse leaders to fill the gaps until permanent replacements can be found. With the duration of interim nursing management roles reported up to 63 weeks, to optimize the interim role, and off-set the negative effects of nurse manager turnover, there is a critical need to understand the current state of the interim nurse manager role, including the perceived impact of the role on nurse and patient outcomes.
Aim 1: Describe the current state of the interim nurse manager role, including:
Aim 2: Examine the relationships among personal characteristics, job resources, nursing practice environment, professional burnout, work engagement and nurse and patient outcomes.
Galura, S., Warshawsky, N., Hu, W., & Utt, L. (2022) A survey of interim nurse managers to understand the role and the impact on nurse and patient outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration, 52(1), 42-50 DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000001101
November 2022: Supporting Interim Nurse Manager Role Transition: The Development of an Evidence-Based Toolkit. Association of Leadership Science in Nursing (ALSN) Annual International Conference: Nursing Science for Leadership in a New Decade; Cleveland, Ohio. Poster
Sheila Chucta DNP, RN, APRN-CNS-CNS, CCRN
Educational Affiliation: The Ohio State University
Amy Campbell, RN, MSN, PhD
Educational Affiliation: East Carolina University
"I am very honored to be the recipient of the 2018 research grant. This funding allowed me to hold focus groups to capture the voice of the Register Nurse and Nursing Assistant and their role in patient safety. As a PhD student, this allowed me to go beyond my dissertation work and have the opportunity to do a mixed methods study. I am excited to be part of an organization that has such a wide influence on nursing leadership, education, and administration."
Peggy Jenkins, PhD, RN
Educational Affiliation: University of Colorado College of Nursing
"ALSN is the perfect organization for educators of nurse leaders and I have been a member reaping benefits for several years. It was an honor to receive a research grant in 2018 for innovative action research. Over three semesters, we placed PhD and DNP health leadership students together in course work. We gathered voices of the students and constructed new knowledge describing doctoral scholarly roles and models for doctoral leadership education in health systems. Our work was accepted for publication in Advances in Nursing Science. We appreciate the support of ALSN in moving discourse forward on collaborative models for doctoral education."
Congratulations to the two grant awardees!
Team Learning and Safety Culture in Perioperative Hospital Units: Understanding the Nursing Unit Leader Perspective
Susan Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC.
Educational Affiliation: Ann May Center for Nursing, Hackensack Meridian Health
"It is an honor for myself and all administrative supervisors to have received the ALSN 2017 Research Award for research on the development of the Administrative Supervisor Practice Environment scale. Considering the lack of research on the Administrative Supervisor role, receiving this grant from ALSN reinforces the value of this research specific to this vital nursing leadership role."