Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Meaningfulness and job satisfaction for health care technology workers
by Valladolid, Christine, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2016, 152; 10141727
Abstract (Summary)

Health care technology workers play an increasingly important role in meeting regulatory requirements, improving patient care and containing health care costs. However, their perceptions of work and job satisfaction are lightly studied in comparison to other health care workers such as physicians or nurses. This exploratory study used heuristic inquiry to investigate the perceptions of health care technology workers with regard to their feelings of task significance, mission valence, work meaning, and job satisfaction.

Nine research participants representing three not-for-profit, secular hospital systems which were selected to have variation in geographic scope and organization size were interviewed. All participants were full-time, senior professional, non-executive, employees with a minimum of five years of experience in health care technology and three years with their current employer.

Thematic analysis revealed themes within four categories: organization culture, organization mission, interactions with clinicians and perceived contribution. These organizations have strong cultures in which staff members police the cultural norms. The inculcation to the culture includes helping health care technology workers connect to the organization’s mission of patient care, and these employees perceive the mission to have high valence. While these employees feel that the mission of patient care is important and valuable, they have a conflicted relationship with physicians who they perceive as resistant to the adoption of new technology. Finally, health care technology workers recognized that their work tasks may not directly impact patient care; however, they felt their contribution was meaningful, in particular when they were able to contribute their unique talents.

Study conclusions and recommendations included how job rotations allowing health care technology workers to work at a care provider site provides an opportunity for health care companies to increase workers’ feelings of task significance and task identity, and therefore, job satisfaction. Contributing one’s unique gift is perceived as meaningful, and workers seek opportunities to do so. Recognizing the importance of these workers and facilitating improved interactions between health care technology workers and physicians particularly with regard to adoption of new technology is seen as critical for ensuring effective and efficient health care delivery.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, Kay
Commitee: Armstrong, Julie, Brahme, Maria
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Job satisfaction, Meaning, Mission, Mission valence, Task significance
Publication Number: 10141727
ISBN: 9781339970790
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