Defining span of control for first-line nurse manager

Miyoung Kim, Sujin Choi, Ae Lee Choi

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In this study, we analyzed the concept of span of control for first-line nurse managers. Rodgers' evolutionary method was employed for the clarity of the concept. Through the concept analysis, three attributes were derived: the number of staff, the amount of time to interact with staff, and staff stability. Not only the number of staff but also the amount of time to interact with staff and staff stability should be included in the definition of span of control for first-fine nurse managers. Antecedents were complexity and diversity of nursing unit, and material management, which influenced an effective management of both nurses and patients. To illuminate the contribution of first-fine nurse managers in healthcare organization, span of control should be understood as an integrated concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4533-4538
Number of pages6
JournalInformation (Japan)
Issue number10A
StatePublished - Oct 2016

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  • Concept analysis
  • Nurse manager
  • Personnel management
  • Span of control


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