Date of Award

Fall 12-1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Sue W. Young

Committee Member

Christine A. Heine

Committee Member

Elaine R. Dimino

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8M64


The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of decision-making style, and right and left brain function on nurse manager role stress. Data were collected from 48 nurse managers employed at four acute care facilities along the Atlantic seaboard. A nonexperimental correlation descriptive design was utilized to determine if any positive or negative correlation existed between study variables and levels of stress. Findings suggested that nurse managers experienced moderate amounts of role stress, including role conflict and role ambiguity. One significant statistical correlation existed between role ambiguity and the decision making dimension of intuition. Recommendations for future research include exploring the relationship between role ambiguity and nurse manager ineffectiveness. Validation of findings through further research investigation may identify strategies to decrease nurse manager role stress and increase nurse manager effectiveness.


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