Title : Nurse Managers experiences of their leadership roles in a specific mining primary healthcare service in the West Rand
Introduction: Leadership role is the leader’s ability to influence followers to move in the right direction and to achieve shared organisational goals.The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) sustainable development goal number three, affirms that PHC nurse managers play a critical leadership role in ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all.
Problem statement: The researcher has observed that nurse managers in this specific mining PHC service demonstrates: Lack of understanding of their leadership roles, which is leading by example, effective communication of the vision, empowerment, transferring enthusiasm, assertiveness and building relationships (Jooste, 2014: 243). Mining leadership is highly characterized by a “do what I tell you” leadership (directive) style, and therefore many leaders fall short of their roles and responsibilities (Pederson, 2015: 1; and Ayers, 2017: n.p).
Research purpose and objectives: To explore and describe the nurse managers’ experiences of their leadership roles in a
specific mining PHC service in the West Rand; and To develop recommendations to enhance the nurse managers’ leadership
roles in this specific mining PHC service.
Research methodology: A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual design was used to understand the nurse managers’ experiences of their leadership roles in a specific mining PHC service in the West Rand.
Population: The population of this study was the nurse managers in a mining PHC service.in the West Rand, and comprised of the nurse managers who were willing to participate in the study.
Data collection: Data was collected using in-depth phenomenological individual interviews.In addition, the researcher took field notes, which was the non-verbal responses which demonstrated emotions involved during data collection.
Data analysis: In this study, a qualitative data analysis following a phenomenological approach using Giorgi’s 4 steps (2012: 5-6) of descriptive analysis was used to analyse the data.The researcher and the independent coder had a meeting and discussed the findings, then reached the consensus about the central theme and sub-themes that emanated from data collected.
Conclusion: This study can be used: As an empowerment tool for nurse managers in their leadership roles; and to facilitate the continuing professional development of nurse managers on leadership roles.