Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)

Program

Educational Leadership

Date of Award

December 1987

Abstract

This study was undertaken to determine the degree of relationship in perceptions held by three health care administrative groups between the desirable and actual role functions of the hospital nursing service administrator. This descriptive study surveyed hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), and Nursing Service Administrators (NSAs) in 100 randomly selected general hospitals, and chairpersons of graduate programs in nursing service administration. The instrument for this study was the Beliefs Concerning Role of Hospital Nursing Service Administrator, a 12-item instrument designed to determine some of the desirable (optimal) and actual (currently performed) role functions of the hospital Nursing Service Administrator (NSA), as perceived by the three health care adminstrative groups in the study. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data gathered from the 12 position statements, warranting the following conclusions: (1) The Cramer's V measure of association revealed little or no association among Chief Executive Officers, Nursing Service Administrators, and Chairpersons on the 12 role functions perceived as desirable (or necessary for optimal effectiveness) for the individual currently in the position of Nursing Service Administrator. (2) The Somers' d measure of association revealed that little or no association existed between the Chief Executive Officers' and the Nursing Service Administrators' perceptions on the 12 role functions currently performed by the Nursing Service Administrator. (3) The Somers' d measure of association revealed that little or no association existed between the size of the hospital and the total responses of the hospital personnel to each of the 12 role functions perceived as desirable (or necessary), and those currently performed by the Nursing Service Administrator (NSA). (4) The Cramer's V measure of association revealed that little or no association existed between the type of control of the hospital (ownership) and the total responses of the hospital personnel to each of the 12 role functions perceived as desirable (or necessary), and those currently performed by the Nursing Service Administrator. (5) Demographic data from the Nursing Service Administrators in the study who held the master's degree in nursing revealed greater than half indicated that the master's in business administration would have been the best type of preparation for their current position. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Nursing Commons

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