To identify the beliefs of nursing managers, determine educational programs
about leadership as identified by the nursing managers; and identifying items that may
impact teaching leadership and management at the Tucson Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The nursing service at TV AMC consists of 38 identified leaders and
all were asked to participate in the study. They received, via mail, a cover letter explaining
the study, the Leadership Practices Inventory, and a demographic information sheet. The
response rate was 59 percent (N=17). The typical respondent was 45 years old, a female,
married, with an average of 20 years of nursing experience and nearly 9 years of
Nursing leaders in this sample had responses (scores) "similar to the LPISelf
as other groups nationally and globally" (p. 27). Enabling was ranked first in terms of
frequency of use, followed by Encouraging, Challenging, Inspiring, and then Modeling.
Respondents made no suggestions for leadership education, as they felt both too busy
and too dis-enfranchised by the organization.