Factors affecting the innovative practice of nurse managers in health organisations.

Lindy Williams, Adela J. McMurray

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This exploratory study reports on two surveys conducted in metropolitan and rural health organisations. Two questionnaires consisting of open and closed questions were distributed to a total of 340 respondents resulting in 176 usable responses, yielding a response rate of 53%. The findings revealed that nurse managers require fairness, trust, recognition, supervisory encouragement, organisational support, and reward for efforts. These are key aspects of organisational climate, which support innovative practice. Experience and innovation were significantly related and other factors such as, management structures and management styles, also had an impact on nurse managers' ability to exhibit innovative behaviour in the 21st Century workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-39
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Nurses
  • Health Organisations
  • Innovative Practice
  • Climate


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