Reaching a tipping point : Perioperative nurse managers’ narratives about reasons for leaving their employment—A qualitative study
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Original versionArakelian, E. & Rudolfsson, G. (2020). Reaching a tipping point: perioperative nurse managers' narratives about reasons for leaving their employment - a qualitative study. Journal of Nursing Management. doi: 10.1111/jonm.13202
Aim To describe reasons why nurse managers in perioperative settings decide to leave their employment. Background Current literature has shown that perioperative nurse managers’ reasons to leave their positions are formed through an interaction of factors. Methods Individual in‐depth interviews were performed with seven nurse managers, all women, in perioperative settings in Sweden. Data were analysed using systematic text condensation. Results Five key themes were identified: (a) to end where I started, as a frontline nurse; (b) I wanted to develop further to the next level in my career; (c) I ran out of ideas; (d) I lost trust in my head manager and did not believe in the new organisation and (e) I had had enough of being offended by my superior manager and my employees. Conclusion Nurse managers experienced feeling forced into a decision to leave because of being offended by their superiors or their employees. Furthermore, the findings indicate that nurse managers should be offered support from superior managers and the organisation together with time for discussions. Implications in Nursing Management The most essential element should be the influence of caritative leadership and the obvious expectation of being treated with dignity, respect and appreciation.