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Organisational culture and consultant nurse outcomes: Part 1--Organisational culture.

Authors
  • Manley, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing in critical care
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
5
Issue
4
Pages
179–184
Identifiers
PMID: 11235414
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Organisational culture is presented as a complex concept underpinned by specific values, beliefs and assumptions that account for the way things are done. Strong organisational cultures and a number of other attributes are highlighted as having influence on performance. The role of leadership is recognised as key to facilitating cultural change, as is the use of approaches which clarify values and highlight contradictions between espoused culture and culture in practice. A three-year study in which a consultant nurse post in critical care was operationalised demonstrated the achievement of an organisational culture with positive impact on the unit in which it was based, on practitioners and their practice, and also on the trust. Transformational leadership combined with other facilitative processes, expertise in the practice of nursing, and other subroles of the consultant nurse are further highlighted as influential.

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