Nurses Career Aspirations to Management

Investigators: Cummings GG (PI)

Funder: AHFMR (Subgrant: Nurses' Career Aspirations to Management Roles: Identifying the Next Generation of Nursing Leaders)

Grant Amount: $82,653

Description: This study investigates personal and situational factors that influence direct care nurses' interests in assuming management roles within their careers, the reasons for their interest or lack of interest in assuming these roles, and learning needs relevant for preparation for these roles as the group that represents the future of nursing leadership in Canada. The results of the Canadian Nursing Leadership Study (Laschinger & Wong et al., 2007) revealed that the average age of nurse managers across the country was over 50 years of age, raising serious concerns about a nursing leadership shortage in the next 5-10 years.

Objectives: To obtain information and qualitative data through focus groups and surveys that investigate factors influencing direct care nurses' career aspirations to management roles within today's complex healthcare settings.


Alberta Symposium Final Report:


Laschinger HK, Wong, CA, MacDonald Rencz S, Burkoski V,Cummings GG et al. (2013). Part 1: The influence of personal and situational predictors on nurses' aspirations to management roles: preliminary findings of a national survey of Canadian nurses. Journal of Nursing Management, 21:217-30.

Wong, CA, Laschinger HK, MacDonald Rencz S, Burkoski V,Cummings GG et al. (2013). Part 2: Nurses' career aspirations to management roles: Qualitative findings from a national study of Canadian nurses. Journal of Nursing Management, 21:231-41.