Registered nurses' perceptions of their work: Investments versus rewards

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148484
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Title:
Registered nurses' perceptions of their work: Investments versus rewards
Abstract:
Registered nurses' perceptions of their work: Investments versus rewards
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:1991
Author:Young, Judith, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Seneca College
Title:Professor
The purpose of this descriptive survey was to document the levels of work satisfaction reported by RNs from all types of work setting. The theoretical framework was derived from Adams' (1965) theory of inequity of social exchange which states that dissatisfaction will be expressed when employees perceive an imbalance between their investments into work and the rewards received.



The Work Satisfaction Questionnaire (WSQ) was developed for this study. Alpha coefficient (reliability) was .83 (n=559). WSQ Part 1 contains 27 agree-disagree items which are scored on a Likert-type scale of 1 to 5. Parts 2 and 4 present adjectives to describe (1) how respondents feel at the end of a usual day and (2) how their workplace usually seems to them. Part 3 contains four multiple-choice items which address workplace morale.



The random sample consisted of 900 RNs employed in all types of work settings throughout Ontario. Response rate was 67.2 percent. Respondents were primarily from hospital settings (59%), were full-time employees (57.5%) and were non-baccalaureate prepared (83.5%).



A significant difference (p <.001) was found in the level of work satisfaction reported by hospital RNs (n=338), who expressed more dissatisfaction (mean = 2.6113) than non-hospital RNs (n=222) (mean = 2.3522). Significant differences (p <.001) were also found between groups selecting positive or negative adjectives. No significant differences were found between the means of groups divided by regions of the province, between urban versus rural setting, nor between full time versus part time work.



According to this survey, hospital RNs, particularly those providing direct patient care, are more dissatisfied with the conditions in their work settings than any other group of RNs. These findings support the need for system-wide changes, long discussed in the nursing literature, at both hospital unit level and at the organizational level.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.titleRegistered nurses' perceptions of their work: Investments versus rewardsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148484-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Registered nurses' perceptions of their work: Investments versus rewards</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">1991</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Young, Judith, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Seneca College</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The purpose of this descriptive survey was to document the levels of work satisfaction reported by RNs from all types of work setting. The theoretical framework was derived from Adams' (1965) theory of inequity of social exchange which states that dissatisfaction will be expressed when employees perceive an imbalance between their investments into work and the rewards received.<br/><br/><br/><br/>The Work Satisfaction Questionnaire (WSQ) was developed for this study. Alpha coefficient (reliability) was .83 (n=559). WSQ Part 1 contains 27 agree-disagree items which are scored on a Likert-type scale of 1 to 5. Parts 2 and 4 present adjectives to describe (1) how respondents feel at the end of a usual day and (2) how their workplace usually seems to them. Part 3 contains four multiple-choice items which address workplace morale.<br/><br/><br/><br/>The random sample consisted of 900 RNs employed in all types of work settings throughout Ontario. Response rate was 67.2 percent. Respondents were primarily from hospital settings (59%), were full-time employees (57.5%) and were non-baccalaureate prepared (83.5%).<br/><br/><br/><br/>A significant difference (p &lt;.001) was found in the level of work satisfaction reported by hospital RNs (n=338), who expressed more dissatisfaction (mean = 2.6113) than non-hospital RNs (n=222) (mean = 2.3522). Significant differences (p &lt;.001) were also found between groups selecting positive or negative adjectives. No significant differences were found between the means of groups divided by regions of the province, between urban versus rural setting, nor between full time versus part time work.<br/><br/><br/><br/>According to this survey, hospital RNs, particularly those providing direct patient care, are more dissatisfied with the conditions in their work settings than any other group of RNs. These findings support the need for system-wide changes, long discussed in the nursing literature, at both hospital unit level and at the organizational level.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:45:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:45:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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