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The Relationship of Social Service Director’s and Director of Nursing Leadership Style and its Effect to Nursing Home Resident’s Psychosocial WellBeing

However, even with a large amount of research being directed at nursing homes’ quality of care, there is still scant research on the impacts of leadership style and organizational structure of nursing homes. A number of different areas have been researched for the quality of care in nursing homes but organizational leadership has not been investigated in detail (Pearson, Hocking, Mott, amp. Riggs, 1993). In this respect, the leadership style being practiced at the nursing home is of the paramount importance since it affects the patient’s well-being and recovery directly. It is expected that the leadership style of the Director of Nursing, as well as the leadership style of Director of Social Services, have a large impact on the psycho-social well-being of nursing home residents. Analogous to the research area proposed above, the organizational structure of any healthcare establishment is also of importance in determining the quality of care available to nursing home residents (Grabowski, Aschbrenner, Rome, amp. Bartels, 2010). Even with a large amount of research being pursued in relation to quality of care at nursing homes, there has been scant research in terms of the organizational structure and the underlying processes at nursing homes (Park, 2009) (Faulkner amp. Laschinger, 2008). It must be realized that organizational structure and the underlying process philosophies are of utmost importance since they tend to determine how well suited the patient care techniques are. For example, similar organizational structures cannot be applied in nursing homes that cater to dementia and to nursing homes that cater to old age people only (Martins, et al., 2009). Since each situation has its own demands, the organizational structures, and its underlying philosophies must also support the overall organizational aims and objectives.

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