Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 18(3) September 2005 : 83-93.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2005.17620
Nursing Research

A Span of Control Tool for Clinical Managers

Robin Morash, Janet Brintnell and Ginette Lemire Rodger


During the second half of the 1990s, healthcare in Canada experienced significant downsizing and reform. One of the consequences of these reorganizations has been a reduction in the number of clinical managers and a significant increase in their span of control, to the point that often their abilities to fulfil their role as clinical managers are hindered (Altaffer 1998; Counsell et al. 2001; Pabst 1993). The first-line manager plays a critical role in the delivery of healthcare, in particular, within nursing services. Therefore, providing support for the professional practice of clinical managers should become a priority.



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