Nurse perceptions of the quality of patient care: Confirming the importance of empowerment and job satisfaction

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Leggat, Sandra G, Bartram, Timothy, Casimir, Gian and Stanton, Pauline (2010) Nurse perceptions of the quality of patient care: Confirming the importance of empowerment and job satisfaction. Health Care Management Review, 35 (4). pp. 355-364. ISSN 0361-6274 (print) 1550-5030 (online)

Abstract

Aim: This aim of this study was to investigate the interactive effects of psychological empowerment and job satisfaction on the relationship between high-performance work systems (HPWS) and nurses' perceptions of the quality of patient care they provide. Background: Studies of high-performing organizations in a variety of industries have consistently reported a positive relationship between HPWS and performance outcomes. Although many of these studies have been conducted in manufacturing, similar findings of a positive correlation between aspects of HPWS and improved patient outcomes have been reported in international health care studies. Method: We used regression analysis with tests of mediation and moderation to analyze survey responses collected in March 2008 of 201 nurses in a large regional Australian health service. Findings: Psychological empowerment fully mediated the relationship between HPWS and perceptions of quality of patient care. Job satisfaction moderated the relationship between HPWS and perceptions of quality of patient care. Conclusion: Hospital managers should focus on promoting HPWS and ensuring that nurse unit managers have the competencies to empower and to enhance the job satisfaction of their staff.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7168
DOI https://doi.org/10.1097/HMR.0b013e3181e4ec55
Official URL http://journals.lww.com/hcmrjournal/Fulltext/2010/...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords ResPubID21656, high-performance, work systems, job satisfaction, nurses, psychological empowerment, quality of patient care
Citations in Scopus 79 - View on Scopus
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