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Commitment to nursing: results of a qualitative interview study.

Abstract

AIM
The aims of the study were to explore opportunities to undergo continuing professional education, family friendly policy and holding an innovative or traditional post on nurses' job satisfaction and professional and organizational commitment.
BACKGROUND
Qualified nurses have become a scare resource in the National Health Service. Managers need to be aware of the work-related factors most likely to secure nurses' professional and organizational commitment which will contribute to the retention. Commitment is thought to be increased if opportunities for continuing professional education are good. Family friendly policy is also important. Less is known about the relationship between type of nursing work and commitment.
METHODS
An in-depth, exploratory approach to data collection were taken, employing an interview guide with open-ended questions. Data were collected with 27 nurses in clinical grades in two contrasting trusts.
RESULTS
Family friendly policies emerged as most important in securing nursing commitment. Those in innovative posts whose work entailed social hours and greater professional autonomy also displayed greater levels of job satisfaction. Opportunities for continuing professional education had less influence on professional and organizational commitment.
CONCLUSION
Providing flexible or social working hours appears to be more influential than providing opportunities for continuing professional education in securing nursing commitment in this exploratory study.

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  • Authors

    Gould D, Fontenla M

    Source

    Journal of nursing management 14:3 2006 Apr pg 213-21

    MeSH

    Adult
    Attitude of Health Personnel
    Career Choice
    Career Mobility
    Education, Nursing, Continuing
    Female
    Goals
    Great Britain
    Humans
    Job Satisfaction
    Male
    Motivation
    Nurse Clinicians
    Nurse Practitioners
    Nurse's Role
    Nursing Methodology Research
    Nursing Staff
    Personnel Loyalty
    Personnel Turnover
    Professional Autonomy
    Qualitative Research
    Questionnaires
    Reward
    State Medicine

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16600010