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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308498
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
"Understanding the Dynamic Nature of Empowerment"
Author(s):
Porter, Jennifer
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Eta Beta
Author Details:
Jennifer Porter, RN, MSN, jjordan@mail.widener.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013

Purpose

A concept analysis of the construct Empowerment was performed in order to gain a greater understanding of how individuals, communities, and organizations come to experience the phenomena.

Methods

Chin and Kramer’s (2008) method was used to explore the construct Empowerment. Following this method, the purpose for conducting this concept analysis was clarified; evidence was gathered from various sources including music, art, people, and multidisciplinary scientific literature; model, borderline, and contrary cases were developed to highlight the experiences of empowerment; tentative defining criteria were developed for empowerment including antecedent conditions, defining characteristics, and consequences; and finally the conceptual meaning of empowerment was described.

Results

A working definition of Empowerment was constructed: “Empowerment is a uniquely personal and contextually based transformative process, which individuals, communities, and organizations alike may all come to experience. Ultimately the experience of empowerment warrants those empowered with greater control through positive changes” (Jordan, 2012). Antecedents include: support, knowledge, a motivator and opportunity. Defining characteristics of empowerment include empowerment as a transformative process that influences individual’s, community’s and/or organization’s empowerment experience through different mechanisms and thus is uniquely personal. Empowerment is contextually based. Consequences include positive changes and greater control over various aspects of life. 

Conclusion

Empirical evidence highlighhts the benefits of empowered nurses, and includes: increased satisfaction and job commitment greater willingness to share knowledge with others creativity, larger role in decision making processes, and most importantly positive patient outcomes. The empowerment process is a promising mechanism for the development of leadership qualities among nurses. This conceptual analysis of empowerment provides useful information in understanding this process, so that it can be applied among diverse nursing environments within both academic and clinical settings.

Keywords:
Control; Empowerment; Change
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"Understanding the Dynamic Nature of Empowerment"en_GB
dc.contributor.authorPorter, Jenniferen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentEta Betaen_GB
dc.author.detailsJennifer Porter, RN, MSN, jjordan@mail.widener.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308498-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013</p><b>Purpose </b><p>A concept analysis of the construct Empowerment was performed in order to gain a greater understanding of how individuals, communities, and organizations come to experience the phenomena. <p><b>Methods </b><p>Chin and Kramer’s (2008) method was used to explore the construct Empowerment. Following this method, the purpose for conducting this concept analysis was clarified; evidence was gathered from various sources including music, art, people, and multidisciplinary scientific literature; model, borderline, and contrary cases were developed to highlight the experiences of empowerment; tentative defining criteria were developed for empowerment including antecedent conditions, defining characteristics, and consequences; and finally the conceptual meaning of empowerment was described. <p><b>Results </b><p>A working definition of Empowerment was constructed: “Empowerment is a uniquely personal and contextually based transformative process, which individuals, communities, and organizations alike may all come to experience. Ultimately the experience of empowerment warrants those empowered with greater control through positive changes” (Jordan, 2012). Antecedents include: support, knowledge, a motivator and opportunity. Defining characteristics of empowerment include empowerment as a transformative process that influences individual’s, community’s and/or organization’s empowerment experience through different mechanisms and thus is uniquely personal. Empowerment is contextually based. Consequences include positive changes and greater control over various aspects of life.  <p><b>Conclusion </b><p>Empirical evidence highlighhts the benefits of empowered nurses, and includes: increased satisfaction and job commitment greater willingness to share knowledge with others creativity, larger role in decision making processes, and most importantly positive patient outcomes. The empowerment process is a promising mechanism for the development of leadership qualities among nurses. This conceptual analysis of empowerment provides useful information in understanding this process, so that it can be applied among diverse nursing environments within both academic and clinical settings.en_GB
dc.subjectControlen_GB
dc.subjectEmpowermenten_GB
dc.subjectChangeen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:32:08Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:32:08Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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