Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Unit based practice councils, employee engagement and employee satisfaction
by Magarelli, Karen, D.N.P., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2014, 61; 3617148
Abstract (Summary)

Objective. The objective of this research is to determine if nursing unit based practice councils increase employee engagement and employee satisfaction.Background. The environment in which nurses practice influences their ability to provide safe patient care and maintain satisfaction with their position and the profession. There is a commitment towards establishing a healthy work environment where employee engagement and employee satisfaction are experienced. Unit based practice councils engage staff to contribute collaboratively in the decision-making process related to standards of care in nursing and employee practice.

Design. A retrospective comparative study utilizing secondary data analysis was implemented to determine the relationship between the independent variable, unit based practice council, and the dependent variables, employee engagement and employee satisfaction. This type of research design is appropriate because it will compare aggregate data that was collected prior to the implementation of a unit based practice council and after the implementation of a unit based practice council. The original data was collected as part of an annual employee survey that was implemented for the purpose of measuring employee engagement and employee satisfaction in 2010 and 2012.

Sample and methods. The sample includes an aggregate group of hospital workers, including all healthcare employees (registered nurse, unit clerks, and clinical care technicians) within each of the 4 nursing units within an Urban Level 1 Trauma Magnet Academic Medical Center located in New Jersey. The researcher contacted the nursing directors for each of the 4 units under study, to access and utilize aggregate data. E-mails were received from each participating director to confirm agreement for data collection.

A retrospective comparative study utilizing secondary data analysis was implemented to determine the relationship between the independent variable unit based practice council and the dependent variables employee engagement and employee satisfaction. This type of research design is appropriate because it will compare aggregate data that was collected prior to the implementation of a unit based practice council and after implementation of a unit based practice council.

Findings. The researcher was hoping to see if there was an increase in employee engagement and employee satisfaction after the implementation of a unit based practice council.

Importance to Nursing. The presence of a unit based practice council creates a climate that is supported by leadership and is essential to staff where employees feel empowered when given autonomy and decision making. Nursing leaders should provide venues to ensure the development of employee confidence for control of practice and collaboration amongst the health care team. Staff then identify that they have an impact on their work which leads to improved employee engagement and employee satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McSherry, Christina
Commitee: Everhart, Martin, Mohlman, Jan
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-B 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Employee engagement, Employee satisfaction, Nursing, Practice councils
Publication Number: 3617148
ISBN: 978-1-303-84287-0
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