Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 36(2) July 2023 : 27-43.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2023.27205
Nursing Research

Organizational Supports for Nurse Managers in a North American Context: A Scoping Review

Janelle Cave, Noelle Rohatinsky and Lois Berry


Organizational support for nurse managers (NMs) is not a new phenomenon. However, generally speaking, NMs are not well supported in their roles. This lack of support is burdensome to NMs' role functioning and has impacts on NM recruitment and retention; NM job satisfaction; and outcomes for front-line nurses and patients. There is a gap in the nursing literature as to what supports are currently in place to effectively support NMs. A scoping review (n = 24) focusing on North American healthcare organizations was conducted to examine what organizational supports are currently in place to support NMs and highlight gaps. Arksey and O'Malley's (2005) scoping review framework was used for this review. NM supports are currently lacking; however, they do include orientation to the NM role; competency and professional development; ancillary and clinical support; and support from upper management. The implications for nursing leadership related to organizational supports and gaps in supports for NMs are presented. Healthcare organizations have work to do in order to better support NMs and ensure quality work environments that facilitate the successful functioning of NMs at all stages of their career.



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