Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Human Resource Education and Workforce Development

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) realized many years ago that it would take skilled, qualified leaders in oncology nursing to sustain the specialty of oncology care for years to come. With the nursing shortage and shortage in leadership, it is imperative to examine the impact of attending a leadership program on the future of oncology nursing. The control group and study group of identified oncology nurses were sent the Oncology Nurses Sustainable Leadership Survey Instrument via email from the Oncology Nursing Society. The control group of oncology registered nurses had not yet started the ONS Leadership Development Institute fellowship program. The study group of oncology registered nurses were those participants who had completed the ONS Leadership Development Institute fellowship program within the past 10 years. Results of the survey found that the study group was slightly older with a mean age of 50.29 years. The majority of respondents were female, Caucasian, married, held a master’s degree in nursing, and are employed full time. Both groups indicated that they mentor licensed and non licensed personnel. Both groups consistently practice the ANA Standards of Professional Performance, Standard 15 on Leadership on an occasional to regular basis. A T-test indicated their was no statistically significant differences between the control and study group on ANA Standards of Professional Performance, Standard 15, Leadership. Both groups participate in health care programs, early detection programs, and patient education programs thereby implementing strategies to increase cancer awareness and reduce the cancer burden. This participation increased after attending LDI. Honesty was viewed as the most positive trait for leadership with support of Authentic Leadership styles. Communication was viewed by both groups as the most important leadership skill. Succession planning was advocated by both the control and study group. A leadership role greatly contributed to the personal nursing satisfaction of the oncology registered nurses from both groups. Once leadership training is initiated, oncology registered nurses will continue to obtain additional leadership education in a variety of formats and presentations. Additionally they will obtain additional leadership positions or more responsibilities.



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Committee Chair

Machtmes, Krisanna