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  1. Glasofer, Amy DrNP, RN, NE-BC
  2. Bertino Lapinsky, Anne MS, RN


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe a sample of nursing supervisors and their work.


BACKGROUND: The role of the nursing supervisor is not well understood. The supervisor population is poorly defined, as are their ideal academic preparation and work activities.


METHODS: This study followed the American Nurses Credentialing Center(R) framework for role delineation studies. A convenience sample of 50 nursing supervisors from New Jersey was recruited to complete an online survey including demographic data and prioritization of work activities.


RESULTS: Participants represented a homogeneous and aging workforce with diverse professional preparation. Exploratory factor analysis revealed 6 categories of nurse supervisor work including administrative presence, leadership liaison, patient safety and experience, patient care advocacy, throughput, and external response. Work activities were prioritized.


CONCLUSIONS: Nurse supervisors prioritized responding to emergencies above all other responsibilities. This study should be replicated in a nationwide sample of nurse supervisors.