Accession Number : ADA208442

Title :   Nurse Administrators' Perceptions of Power.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Vann, Thomas A

PDF Url : ADA208442

Report Date : Jan 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 128

Abstract : The purpose of this nonexperimental descriptive study was to ascertain how hospital-based nurse administrators perceive their degree of power. Nurse administrators (N = 103) in a southeastern state were invited to participate by the return of an anonymous, self-administered questionnaire. The data producing sample was 59, with subjects ranging in age from 30 to less than 69. Fifty-three of the subjects were female and 6 were male. Perceptions of power were obtained by use of the Health Care Work Powerlessness Scale (revised) (Guilbert, 1979) which is based on Seeman's (1959) powerlessness construct. Possible scores on the power scale from 0 to 14. Respondents' scores ranged from 0 to 10 with a mean of 1.47 indicating a skew toward the high power end. Two research questions were asked. First, what are nurse administrators' perceptions of their degree of power? Second, are there administrators' perceptions of degree of power? Ninety-three percent of the nurse administrators perceived themselves as powerful. The conclusions of this study were that nurse administrators perceive themselves as powerful and that these perceptions are related to certain personal and job-related variables. (sdw)

Descriptors :   *ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL, *NURSES, HEALTH, HIGH POWER, HOSPITALS, JOBS, MEDICAL SERVICES, PERCEPTION, POWER, SCALE, SCORING, VARIABLES

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE