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effective nurse managers, flexibility, managing conflict, "seeing the big picture"



  1. Fosbinder, Donna DNSc, RN
  2. Everson-Bates, Sally DNSc, RN
  3. Hendrix, Lee PhD


The investigators report validation of a survey tool called the Interview Guide to assist in the selection of nurses who will be effective as managers. Nurse administrators rated nurse managers at six months and two years after hire. The Interview Guide rated the management qualities "seeing the big picture" and potential for "rehire" as the best predictors of managerial success. After two years, a good "self-concept" or a "flexible attitude" was the best predictor. The ability to manage conflict was the most significant competency for predicting rehire at both six months and two years.