5 years ago

Intentional partnering: a grounded theory study on developing effective partnerships among nurse and physician managers as they co-lead in an evolving healthcare system

Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay, Christina Clausen, Lynne McVey, Héléne Ezer, Lise Lamothe, Margaret Purden
Aim The aim of this study was to describe the process of how nurse and physician managers in formalized dyads work together to address clinical management issues in the surgical division of one hospital setting. Background Nurse and physician managers are uniquely positioned to co-lead and transform healthcare delivery. However, little is known about how this management dyad functions in the healthcare setting. Design A constructivist grounded theory approach was used to investigate the process of how nurse and physician managers work together in formalized dyads in an urban Canadian university affiliated teaching hospital. Methods Data collection occurred from September 2013–August 2014. Data included participant observation (n = 142 hours) and intensive interviews (n = 36) with nurse-physician manager dyads (12 nurses, 9 physicians) collected in a surgical department. Theoretical sampling was used to elaborate on properties of emerging concepts and categories. Results/Findings A substantive theory on ‘intentional partnering’ was generated. Nurses' and physicians' professional agendas, which included their interests and purposes for working with each other served as the starting point of ‘intentional partnering’. The theory explains how nurse and physician managers align their professional agendas through the processes of ‘accepting mutual necessity’, ‘daring to risk (together)’ and ‘constructing a shared responsibility’. Being credible, earning trust and safeguarding respect were fundamental to communicating effectively. Conclusion Intentional partnering elucidates the relational components of working together and the strategizing that occurs as each partner deliberates on what he or she is willing to accept, risk and put into place to reap the benefits of collaborating.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/jan.13290

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