"Managing" Professionals: The Ultimate Contradiction for Nurse Managers

Kerfoot, Karlene
November 1988
Nursing Economic$;Nov/Dec88, Vol. 6 Issue 6, p321
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the various contradictions faced by nurse managers. According to the author, the traditional structures of nursing and hospitals have been organized in a very top down and authoritarian manner. Research in this regard, consistently tells us that nurses leave hospital nursing because they do not feel a sense of autonomy, control over their practice or respect as a professional. They do not have sufficient input into the system. Although these needs could easily be addressed through a professional model of nursing, hospitals have been generally reluctant in doing so.


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