Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Work Engagement and Level of Compassion in Hospice Nurses
by Nelson, Remy, Ph.D., Barry University, 2019, 145; 27665942
Abstract (Summary)

The global nursing shortage has negatively impacted health care and resulted in disproportionate concentrations of health workers in some areas at the expense of other areas, making it difficult to ensure the maintenance of population health (Aiken et al., 2012; Alenius, Tishelman, Runesdotter, & Lindqvist, 2014). This study utilized a correlational design to investigate the relationship between hospice nurses’ work engagement and level of compassion. A multiple regression analysis was conducted using measures of years of experience, work engagement (vigor, dedication, absorption), work status (i.e., working full-time or part-time as a hospice nurse), and ethnic group as predictors of compassion. Ethnic group was the only predictor of level of compassion. The relationship between work engagement and compassion was also significant, but moderate. A posteriori analysis also showed that Black hospice nurses had significantly higher compassion scores than White hospice nurses. This study contributes to the literature as the first study to investigate the relationship between hospice nurses’ work engagement and level of compassion. The findings of this research can assist HRD practitioners in the development of training programs geared toward increasing compassion among hospice nurses and improving hospice nurses’ engagement in their work of caring for hospice patients. The findings also suggest that there is value in the provision of emotional and developmental support for hospice nurses across the timeline of their working career.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Markovic, Jovana
Commitee: Starratt, Gerene K., McAtavey, Jean
School: Barry University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Occupational psychology, Educational leadership
Keywords: Compassion, Ethnicity, Hospice, Human resource development HRD, Nurses, Work engagement
Publication Number: 27665942
ISBN: 9781392484289
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