A coaching programme for nursing college managers to facilitate employee wellness
Tlapu, Moipone Martha
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There have been on-going debates regarding wellness and management roles. There are several general programmes for facilitation of wellness. Some are implemented but others not. The urge to develop a coaching programme for college managers was triggered by personal experiences as the principal of a nursing college with the aim of helping the managers to facilitate employee wellness. The research was conducted to make a meaningful contribution to a body of knowledge, in particular knowledge related to the facilitation of employees’ wellness by the nursing college management. Aim The aim of the study was to develop a coaching programme for nursing colleges’ managers to facilitate employee wellness. The research was conducted into two phases. Phase one The first phase is a situational analysis. A qualitative strategy, which is explorative, descriptive and contextual in nature, was used. The perceptions of employees, guided by a literature review, were explored and described. Research Design Method The design of the study was qualitative, with explorative, descriptive and contextual elements. The nursing college managers were interviewed in both individual and in focus groups interviews. Only six main samples were used, namely: principals, vice-principals, HODs, registrars, nurse educators and support staff. An interview schedule was prepared by the researcher and experts in qualitative design. The first focus group interviews were conducted with the heads of departments in four nursing colleges. Three focus group interviews were held with heads of departments, nurse educators and support staff. Individual interviews were held with three principals and college registrars. The data analysis procedure from Henning, Van Rensburg and Smit’s (2008:106) writing was adopted as the bases for data analysis in phase one of the study. Deductive and inductive strategies were used. The results of phase one relating to the experiences and perceptions of employees and managers were used in conjunction with the integration of the embedded literature to develop the conceptual framework and coaching programme for the management of nursing colleges. Phase two The second phase was the description of the conceptual framework. An integrated map was compiled by mapping the concepts from the conclusions from all the empirical findings from Chapters 3 and 4.The main concepts of the integrated map are described. Finally, a visual conceptual framework was presented. A coaching programme for nursing college managers to facilitate employee’s wellness was developed. The programme was presented into 2 parts; part 1 for training managers to empower them with coaching skills. Part 2 addressed facilitation of employee’s wellness. Ethical considerations were observed throughout the study. Results and findings The results from both the employees and managers reflected challenges which involved the political mandate of increasing numbers of students without extra human and material resource allocation. Most of the employees complained about college management, which did not recognise their efforts and qualifications. Other causes of dissatisfaction included increased workload, the large numbers of students and decreased facilities through the rationalisation and merger of the nursing colleges.
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