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Publication date: 1 September 2002

Robert Loo and Karran Thorpe

This paper describes the successful application of reflective learning journals to promote critical self‐awareness and improve both individual and team performance among…

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This paper describes the successful application of reflective learning journals to promote critical self‐awareness and improve both individual and team performance among members in 11 management undergraduate teams conducting management research projects. Qualitative analyses of the journals revealed several major themes; for example, management skills development, leadership, team communications, stresses of team work, and individual versus team work. Analyses of the journaling evaluation data showed that participants found journaling a useful learning tool. Recommendations are presented for those interested in using reflective learning journals to improve individual and team performance.

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Team Performance Management: An International Journal, vol. 8 no. 5/6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-7592

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Publication date: 1 November 2003

Robert Loo and Karran Thorpe

First‐line nurse managers in the Canadian healthcare system are facing many challenges due, in large part, to reduced funding for healthcare since the early 1990s and the…

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First‐line nurse managers in the Canadian healthcare system are facing many challenges due, in large part, to reduced funding for healthcare since the early 1990s and the accompanying reorganization and downsizing of healthcare organizations that leave nurse managers with greater pressures to do more with less. A two‐round Delphi study was conducted with a panel of 41 Canadian nurse managers selected from hospitals, with at least 100 beds, in the province of Alberta. The Delphi study examined current and future management training and development (MTD) for first‐line nurse managers in light of their challenges and changing roles. The aim was to identify major recommendations for health care administrators and educators to prepare and support first‐line nurse managers effectively in the future. Findings underscored the need for management skills training, especially human resource management and budgeting skills. Given the resource constraints of healthcare organizations, cost‐efficient recommendations are presented for MTD.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 22 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Publication date: 1 March 2004

Robert Loo and Karran Thorpe

A two‐round Delphi study was conducted with a panel of 41 Canadian female nurse managers selected from hospitals with at least 100 beds, in the province of Alberta…

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A two‐round Delphi study was conducted with a panel of 41 Canadian female nurse managers selected from hospitals with at least 100 beds, in the province of Alberta, Canada. The Delphi study examined the changing roles of First‐line nurse managers (FLNMs) and major challenges they face with the aim of identifying major stressors and presenting recommendations for senior health care administrators to effectively support FLNMs in the future. Findings underscored the need to better prepare FLNMs for their changing and challenging roles. Organizations need to provide FLNMs with the resources to ensure quality patient care and enable them to spend more quality time executing their management responsibilities. Health care organizations should consider using a more participative management style, with mentoring, to empower and effectively use the extensive experience of their FLNMs to tackle the challenges of the future.

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Women in Management Review, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0964-9425

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