Introduction: Head nurses, in fact are first line managers in providing care to the patients, therefore they must able to do decision-making and share their subordinates in this process for patients'
care and restore their health, which is the important goal of health care organizations Methods: This is an analytical- descriptive, crossectional study carried on a single group. In this study all head nurses from various wards of the educational hospitals of Isfahan have been investigated. The data were collected using questionnaires
Results: The results showed that decision-making methods of head nurses were consultative, participative and autocratic [55.8%, 42.1% and 2.1% respectively] . Delegating method has no application. There was a significant relationship between decision making methods and characteristics such as sex, marital status. and management experience of head nurses Discussion: Management and decision-making are mutual process and subordinates' development levels affect on decision-making style of the managers. Perhaps head nurses used more consultative and participative methods in their decision making based on organizational values and nursing management structure of the educational hospitals. Regarding the fact that quality of providing nursing care and patients' satisfaction are low, the efficiency of used decision making methods is in doubt
P. Ghalrize ,P. Ghalrize ,S. Ghaedi Vanani ,A. R. Yazdannik ,
[Investigation of the head nurses’ decision-making methods and their relationship with demographic characteristics],
Nurs. Midwifery Res. 2004;
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