Power and Nursing


Order Description
Bring to mind a nurse whose words, behaviors, or reputation convey power. What is it about this individual that suggests power? How does your perception of this person relate to your view of yourself as a nurse leader and the image you associate with nursing?

•Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2015). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

◦Chapter 13, “Organizational, Political, and Personal Power”
Chapter 13 delves into different types of power. As you read, consider how you see power demonstrated within your own organization.

•Anderson, C., & Brion, S. (2014). Perspectives on power in organizations. Annual. Rev. Organ. Psychol. Organ. Behavior, 1(1), 67-97. doi:10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-031413-091259. Retrived from: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-031413-091259

Except from Abstract: Power is a critical resource for organizational actors. Given the pro-found importance of power to individual functioning, it is essential to understand how some individuals acquire power when others do not, why some individuals retain their power once they have attained it, and why others fall from their lofty positions in spite of the political advantages power provides. In this review, we conceptualize power as a process that unfolds over time and review research that speaks to three distinct but related dynamics: the acquisition, maintenance, and loss of power.
•Leach, L. S., & McFarland, P. (2014). Assessing the professional development needs of experienced nurse executive leaders. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(1), 51-62.
Retrieved from Walden Library Databases.

Except from Abstract: The objective of this study was to identify the professional development topics that senior nurse leaders believe are important to their advancement and success.
•McMurry, T. B. (2011). The image of male nurses and nursing leadership mobility. Nursing Forum, 46(1), 22–28.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article discusses the underrepresentation of males in nursing and the advantages and difficulties faced by men in the nursing profession.
•Rao, A. (2012). The contemporary construction of nurse empowerment. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(4), 396-402.
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Excerpt from Abstract: The purpose of this integrative literature review is to describe how nursing’s construction of the concept of empowerment has selectively shaped the manner in which this concept has been applied to nursing professional practice and (b) to explicate clearly the breadth of the concept by highlighting the complex interactions that shape nurse empowerment.
•Spence Laschinger, H. K., & Fida, R. (2014). New nurses burnout and workplace wellbeing: The influence of authentic leadership and psychological capital. Burnout Research. 1(1), 19-28.
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Abstract: The detrimental effects of burnout on nurses’ health and wellbeing are well documented and positive leadership has been shown to be an important organizational resource for discouraging the development of burnout. Intrapersonal resources also play a protective role against workplace stressors. This study investigated the influence of authentic leadership, an organizational resource, and psychological capital, an intrapersonal resource, on new graduate burnout, occupational satisfaction, and workplace mental health over the first year of employment (n = 205). Results supported the protective role of organizational and intrapersonal resources against burnout, job dissatisfaction, and mental health.