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Spring 4-21-1961


This was an investigation by use of the rating form to ascertain the performance of non-nursing functions which were not listed in job descriptions and were being performed by nurse administrators in selected short-term general hospitals. The population for the study included all directors of nursing service, associate or assistant directors, day supervisors, evening and night supervisors in all short-term general hospitals with 101 to 200 hospital bed capacity, 201 to 300 hospital bed capacity, and 301 to 400 hospital bed capacity in the Western Region of the United States. The rating forms were mailed to one hudred and eighty-eight general hospitals. The method of study was the normative survey. It was revealed that a significant majority of nurse administrators performed or had responsibility for clerical non-nursing functions pertaining to the employment and salary of nursing personnel. Nurse administrators also assumed considerable responsibility for performing functions which are unique to housekeeping, pharmacy, and laundry departments. The investigation showed that some nurse administrators were involved in performing other miscellaneous non-nursing functions in the interest and operation of the hospital. The findings substantiated the fact that, as nurse administrators planned, organized, and delegated their work, it became increasingly obvious that, despite the heavy demands on administrative nursing service for patient care and the improvement of patient care, professional nurse administrators were expected to perform functions which could be performed by another classification of worker. This would give the nurse administrator more time to spend in the responsibility of planning and organizing nursing care for patients.