First line nurse managers: optimizing the span of control.

  title={First line nurse managers: optimizing the span of control.},
  author={S Alidina and Jeanette Funke-Furber},
  journal={The Journal of nursing administration},
  volume={18 5},
Span of control, the number of people reporting to a manager, is an important management concept. It determines the structure of an organization and has financial, human resource, and quality of care implications. In nursing, the first line manager fills one of the most critical roles in the administration of nursing services. For this manager to perform her responsibilities effectively, an optimal span of control is necessary. Span of control is influenced by a number of factors. By… CONTINUE READING

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