International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 194

Full Length Research Paper

Comparison of management skills that are required for middle managers at present and in the next generation in advanced midwives

Megumi Abe
  • Megumi Abe
  • 1School of Health Sciences, Tokushima University, Tokushima, Japan. 2Department of Nursing, Kagawa University Hospital, Takamatsu, Japan.
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Toshiyuki Yasui
  • Toshiyuki Yasui
  • Department of Reproductive and Menopausal Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University, Takamatsu, Japan.
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Yukie Matsuura
  • Yukie Matsuura
  • Department of Reproductive and Menopausal Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University, Takamatsu, Japan.
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Mari Haku
  • Mari Haku
  • Department of Midwifery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tokushima University, Takamatsu, Japan.
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Hirokazu Uemura
  • Hirokazu Uemura
  • Department of Health and Welfare System, College of Nursing Art and Science, University of Hyogo, Akashi, Japan.
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  •  Received: 23 June 2021
  •  Accepted: 06 September 2021
  •  Published: 30 September 2021

Abstract

Advanced midwives are expected to be candidates for middle managers in the next generation. Higher levels of management skills than the current levels may be required for middle managers in the future due to the progress of perinatal medicine. The aim of this study was to compare levels of management skills that are currently required for middle managers and levels of management skills that will be important in the next 10-20 years in advanced midwives. A self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted for 1652 advanced midwives in hospitals that have more than 300 beds in Japan. The scores for all management skills that will be required in the next generation were significantly higher than those for currently required management skills. Currently required management skills that were given high scores, including communication ability, ability to perform safety management and problem-solving ability, were also given high scores for middle managers in the next generation. Advanced midwives believed that management skills including the ability to participate in social activity, ability to use information and communication technology, and ability to participate in management in which these scores are low at present are needed for middle managers in the next generation. Advanced midwives consider that management skills for middle managers will change in the future. By acquisition of high levels of management skills, middle managers will be able to perform management of perinatal medicine and nursing.

Key words: Advanced midwives, nursing middle managers, next generation, management skills.