From the clinical to the managerial domain : the lived experience of role transition from radiographer to radiology manager in South-East Queensland
Thompson, Alarna M. N.; Henwood, Suzanne
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Citation:Thompson, A. M. N., & Henwood, S. M. (2016). From the clinical to the managerial domain: the lived experience of role transition from radiographer to radiology manager in South-East Queensland. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences, 63, pp.89-95. doi:doi: 10.1002/jmrs.169
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3585
INTRODUCTION: This study seeks to add to current literature a descriptive account of the lived experience of radiographers’ transition to, and experiences of, management roles and identifies additional resources and support that are perceived as being beneficial for this transition. METHODS: This study employed a descriptive phenomenological stance. Using purposive sampling, six South- East Queensland based private practice radiology managers, who had held their position for longer than 3 months, participated in audiotape recorded in-depth interviews exploring their transition to, and experiences of management in radiology. Thematic analysis was used to describe and make meaning of the data. RESULTS: Overall, five central themes emerged through thematic analysis of the data. The results indicate that all participants’ had an underlying drive to succeed during their role transition and highlight the importance of a comprehensive orientation by a mentor; the training and support to enable preparation for the role, especially in the area of people management skills and communication; the importance of access to networking opportunities and the importance of concise expectations from higher management. CONCLUSION: Role transition can be marred with uncertainty, however; key suggestions indicate the importance of having support mechanisms in place before, during and after transitioning to a managerial role.
Keywords:South-East Queensland, Australia, radiographers, radiology units, management, role transition, lived experiences
ANZSRC Field of Research:110320 Radiology and Organ Imaging, 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
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