Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of nurse managers toward chemically impaired nurses and to understand how managers respond to nurses in their charge. The research further examined whether certain demographic characteristics influenced the nurse managers' attitudes.

A descriptive research design with a probability convenience sample was used. The sample consisted of 83 nurse executives from throughout Michigan. The sample was randomly selected from the roster of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives (MONE). Data were obtained through a mailed survey.

Analyses of the data revealed that while managers held different attitudes and perceptions toward impaired nurses, the group overall supported the impaired nurses and believed that the profession, as well as individual nurses had a responsibility to help the impaired individuals receive assistance. Analysis also revealed significant relationships between nurse managers' attitudes and their methods of dealing with nurse impairment. While the majority of the nurse managers supported assistance for their impaired colleagues, a large number perceived the need to discipline the impaired nurse.

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