Leadership and Staff Empowerment

January 15, 2008
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The call focused on leadership and staff empowerment. Heather K. Spence Laschinger's presentation focused on the role of leaders in empowering nurses for professional practice. More specifically, Dr. Laschinger discussed the outcomes of the research she has conducted on various aspects of empowerment as provided in the research article "Leader Empowering Behaviours, Staff Nurse Empowerment and Work Engagement/Burnout".

Conclusions from this research include:

  • Leader-empowering behaviours are important in creating empowering work environments that increase engagement and lower burnout.
  • Nurse managers do what they can to provide staff with :
    • meaningful work;
    • the chance to participate in decision-making;
    • achievable goals;
    • high confidence; and
    • minimized restrictions.
  • Leader-empowering behaviours are more likely to:
    • increase access to information, support, resources, opportunities, job flexibility and strong alliances;
    • promote better fit between employees and their jobs; and
    • increase the likelihood that employees will remain engaged with their work.

Andrea Seymour's presentation focused on the implementation of a leadership program and its impact on staff empowerment.

More specifically, Andrea Seymour will discuss the journey of River Valley Health in developing a healthy workplace strategy and the integrated leadership program. The goals of this program include:

  • create a shared vision for RVH leadership culture (transformational);
  • increase collaborative relationships at all levels and across divisions to create excellence in patient care and service;
  • enhance confidence and competence of leaders;
  • establish and promote visible and transparent leadership core competencies; and
  • create a foundation for a positive workplace culture.

Featured Speakers

Andrea Seymour is vice-president of health information and chief information officer with River Valley Health, a 23-site regional health authority located in New Brunswick.

She graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a bachelor of education, earned her CHE in 2006, and her fellowship from the Executive Training for Research Application program in 2007. Ms. Seymour is co-chair of the River Valley Health Healthy Workplace steering committee and associate editor of the International Journal of Workplace Health. Her work is currently being published in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy and the Canadian Council of Health Services Research FORUM.

Dr. Heather K. Spence Laschinger is a distinguished university professor and associate director of nursing research at the University of Western Ontario's school of nursing, faculty of health sciences, in London, Ontario.

Since 1992, Dr. Laschinger has been principal investigator of a program of research at the University of Western Ontario's school of nursing designed to investigate nursing work environments using Rosabeth Moss Kanter's organizational empowerment theory. This work has resulted in a number of important contributions to policy-making and program development at various levels of government. She has served on many expert panels as a consultanton nursing work-life policy task forces, both at the federal and provincial levels. In 2003, in recognition of her extraordinary excellence in nursing research, Dr. Laschinger was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research, the first Canadian researcher to receive this prestigious award.

For more information, please contact roc-csa@chsrf.ca or 613-728-2238 ext. 221.