JOURNAL ARTICLE

The influence of empowerment, authentic leadership, and professional practice environments on nurses' perceived interprofessional collaboration

Sandra Regan, Heather K S Laschinger, Carol A Wong
Journal of Nursing Management 2016, 24 (1): E54-61
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AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the influence of structural empowerment, authentic leadership and professional nursing practice environments on experienced nurses' perceptions of interprofessional collaboration.

BACKGROUND: Enhanced interprofessional collaboration (IPC) is seen as one means of transforming the health-care system and addressing concerns about shortages of health-care workers. Organizational supports and resources are suggested as key to promoting IPC.

METHODS: A predictive non-experimental design was used to test the effects of structural empowerment, authentic leadership and professional nursing practice environments on perceived interprofessional collaboration. A random sample of experienced registered nurses (n = 220) in Ontario, Canada completed a mailed questionnaire. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used.

RESULTS: Higher perceived structural empowerment, authentic leadership, and professional practice environments explained 45% of the variance in perceived IPC (Adj. R² = 0.452, F = 59.40, P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that structural empowerment, authentic leadership and a professional nursing practice environment may enhance IPC.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Nurse leaders who ensure access to resources such as knowledge of IPC, embody authenticity and build trust among nurses, and support the presence of a professional nursing practice environment can contribute to enhanced IPC.

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