A qualitative study of charge nurse competencies.

Lynne M. Connelly, Linda H. Yoder, Denise Miner-Williams

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Little information exists regarding competencies required to function as a charge nurse. This qualitative study identified charge nurse competencies. Data sources were interviews (N = 42) with charge nurses, head nurses, staff nurses, and supervisory personnel. A total of 54 competencies were identified in four categories: clinical/technical, critical thinking, organizational and human relations skills. The charge nurses who were interviewed primarily came from medical-surgical and intensive care units. The competencies derived from their interviews reflect leadership and management skills that medical-surgical nurses need to function as effective charge nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-305; quiz 306
JournalMedsurg nursing : official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medical–Surgical


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