Charge Nurse Leadership Training Comparison: Effective and Timely Delivery
Jacqueline M. Bateman and Simmy King
Background: The charge nurse can influence patient safety, health care policy/practices, and nursing staff retention. There is a need for timely and applicable training in today's fast-paced health care setting.
Aims: To provide adequate training that prepares the charge nurse, new training resources, such as those available online, are needed to provide the flexibility for charge nurses. The use of a blended training approach supports the integration of knowledge from the theory level in the online setting, along with the clinical practice level being supported during the face-to-face session and actual practice in the health care setting.
Method: This comparative design study was completed to show the benefit of the blended format in nursing education delivery. A pre-test and post-test analysis of the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), N = 12 (n = 6 face-to-face, n = 6 blended) was conducted using the Mann Whitney U test to show the differences in leadership knowledge attainment.
Results: Results of the project, conducted at a hospital in the Mid-Atlantic United States, found no statistical difference in the LPI scores between the face-to-face and blended delivery methods.
Limitations and Implications: A small convenience sample (N = 12) at one center has shown that blended training format resulted in the same knowledge gain as the face-to-face training.
Conclusion: Findings suggest that the blended learning approach is just as effective as the face-to-face traditional approach in building leadership practices. Further research should be completed to evaluate charge nursesí impact on various safety, patient satisfaction, or other measures.