Document Type

DNP Project


School of Nursing

Date of Degree

Spring 2018


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Primary Advisor

Dr. Rhonda Schwindt; Dr. Jess Calohan


Background: Specific factors that contribute to nursing supervisors perceived self-efficacy remains unclear. Although several studies have examined the relationship between self-efficacy and mental health nursing supervision most have focused on the impact of client care. To date, there is a dearth of studies to assess the impact of a leadership focused teaching session on the perceived self-efficacy of mental health nursing supervisors. Equipping nurses who are responsible for the supervision of others with the skills needed to fulfill their role responsibilities has the potential to improve their job performance, the work satisfaction, and well-being of staff nurses they supervise as well as the overall performance of the organization.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of a teaching session on the perceived self-efficacy of mental health nursing supervisors.

Methods: This was a pilot study conducted as a pre-post design. Data from six nursing supervisors at Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center (n=6) were analyzed pre-and-post intervention using the 5-point Likert New General Self-Efficacy (NGSE) scale. A nonparametric signed test was used to analyze whether perceived self-efficacy was different (P < 0.05). Results: The asymptotic p-value for the Wilcoxon signed rank test showed that the observed difference between pre and post measurements was marginally significant (p=0.043). However, using the exact p-value, the null hypothesis could not be rejected at the 0.05 significance level (p=0.063).

Conclusions: Our findings revealed that a leadership focused teaching session has the potential to increase perceived self-efficacy among mental health nursing supervisors.

Open Access




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