RESEARCH ARTICLE

Self-Leadership Practices of Nurse Educators at South African Nursing Education Institutions

The Open Nursing Journal 31 December 2021 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874434602115010422

Abstract

Background:

Self-leadership has emerged as a leadership style that could be used to achieve successful performance for individuals and organisations, including higher education institutions. It is, however, not known how nurse educators perceive their self-leadership practices.

Objective:

To describe the self-leadership practices of nurse educators at nursing education institutions.

Methods:

This article reports the quantitative phase of a broader exploratory, descriptive, sequential mixed-method design study conducted with conveniently selected nurse educators (n=265) in two provinces in South Africa. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire.

Results:

Constructs found to be valid for self-leadership practices were autonomy-supportive environment, continuing professional development, role modelling, and shared leadership. Respondents perceived themselves to be engaged in self-leadership practices. The Cronbach alpha coefficient indicated the internal consistency of the constructs.

Conclusion:

Educational institutions should create environments that support autonomy and role modelling to facilitate the engagement of nurse educators in self-leadership practices.

Keywords: Nurse educators, Nursing education institution, Autonomy-supportive environment, Self-leadership, Manz’s theoretical framework, Cronbach’s alpha coefficient.
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