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Nurse Managers

Nurse Managers by Andrew Crowther
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Preface - Andrew Crowther

Nursing management is rapidly becoming more complex and diverse. Nurse managers are expected to have a multitude of skills apart from advanced clinical expertise. Among other tasks, they are required to understand the complexities of recruiting and rostering staff, to be able to counsel those staff, to understand the intricacies of budgeting and risk analysis, and to function as educators. In many instances, the nurse manager is underprepared for this multiplicity of roles. He or she has to ‘hit the ground running’, and is forced to acquire this broad range of skills almost instantly.

In addition to the expectations of nursing colleagues, nurse managers soon discover that other professions within health care have their own expectations of how the nurse manager will behave towards them, and what place the nurse manager is perceived to hold within the health-care system. In addition, there is an increasing focus around the world on efficiency and cost-cutting in health care, and governments are demanding more value for the taxpayers’ money. All of these factors increase pressure on nurse managers.

Nurse Managers: A Guide to Practice is an innovative and practical text that addresses these problems, and thus fulfils a previously unmet need. The book is designed for the nurse manager in the early stages of his or her managerial career, as well as for the nurse working in a supervisory capacity for a short period of time. It offers contemporary perspectives on the variety of issues that confront the nurse manager in day-to-day practice. Beginning with an exploration of the effect that promotion has on professional relationships, and moving through such issues as leadership and motivation, the importance of moral management, dealing with unhelpful staff, occupational health and safety, and the need for an evidence-based approach to management, the reader is offered a range of solutions and coping strategies for the issues that confront nurse managers every day.

International authors from the UK, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, the USA, and Australia have been selected for their expertise and practical experience in their various fields. Each has contributed a concise, eminently readable chapter written in a manner that enables easy access to evidence-based information and practical advice in dealing with managerial issues as they present themselves.

The authors are aware that nurse managers practise in a variety of healthcare settings, and the chapters have been prepared with this in mind. Nurse managers in acute-care hospitals, mental-health facilities, and community settings will all find that this book is of practical assistance, as will those working in remote areas, day-care settings, and facilities for the aged.

All nurses who are contemplating a career in management will find much of use in this book. The range of skills expected of nurse managers can be daunting at first, but this book provides the evidence-based information and practical advice they require to undertake their important role with growing confidence and expertise.

Ausmed Publications; September 2004
314 pages; ISBN 9781597340182
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Title: Nurse Managers
Author: Andrew Crowther