Date of Award

Summer 7-1985

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Linda L. Davis

Committee Director

Christine Heine

Committee Member

Helen Yura

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8B76


This study examined the expectations and perceptions of 63 military nurse participants from all levels of the nurse hierarchy for the role of the military nurse middle manager. Utilizing a tool developed by the researcher, the MMRQ, the study sought to explore role clarity and the importance of the management principles: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Relationships and differences in nursing perceptions were analyzed using Pearson Correlation and Discriminant Analysis. Although the hypothesis of no relationship between expectations and perceptions could not be supported, findings revealed role confusion for two nurse hierarchical levels. The study showed military nurses differed in their expected and perceived importance of selected management principles. The military nurse middle manager role needs greater clarification and further research is recommended to examine all aspects of this role within the military nurse hierarchy.


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