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Abstract

Nurse Manager's Attitudes and Preparedness towards Effective Delegation in Saudi Hospitals

FatmaBaddar, Olfat A. Salem and Afaf A Hakami

Delegation is not a new function of professional nursing but it is becoming increasingly important as the profession experiences rapid change. Nurse Managers are increasingly expected to organize and supervise the work of other healthcare workers. Crucial to the success of this function is the ability to delegate routinely and effectively.

Aim this study: To assess Nurse Managers’ attitudes and their preparedness to effective delegation.

A study's sample: A Quota sample of nurse managers, (nursing supervisors, head nurses, and charge nurses) working at king Saud Medical City and King Khalid University Hospitals. Total study sample were (397) from both hospitals, (238) from King Saud Medical City and (159) from King Khalid University Hospitalet the inclusion criteria of working in their current units/positions for a period not less than 6 months, and involved in unit/ward as activities, can read and write in English language, available through data collection period and welling to participate in the study.

A study's questionnaire, Data used in this study consisted of two main scales as well as demographic data sheets were collected: Nurse Managers’ Attitudes towards delegation and their preparedness to delegate effectively in Saudi Hospitals.

Results of this study: The majority of the participants were unsure regarding their attitude towards delegation and to some extent prepared for effective delegation, but were in need of improving their skills to delegate effectively. The study results showed that nurse mangers attitude toward delegation and their preparedness to delegate were lacking of self-confidence and trust, especially from younger nurses and those with little experience.

Recommendations: Nurse Managers must optimize nurses’ opportunities for personal and professional growth by creating a learning environment that enables reflective practice and shared accountability, demonstrate confidence in others by delegating effectively, coach, mentor, and guide, provide both negative and positive feedback constructively and provide opportunities for development of knowledge, skills and attitudes.