Hospital nurses’ working conditions in relation to motivation and patient safety
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Hospital nurses’ working conditions in relation to motivation and patient safety

Kristi Toode Doctoral student, School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland, North Estonia Medical Centre, Estonia
Pirkko Routasalo Associate professor of nursing science, University of Helsinki, Finland
Mika Helminen Biostatistician, Pirkanmaa Hospital District and at the University of Tampere, Finland
Tarja Suominen Professor of nursing science, University of Tampere, Finland

Kristi Toode and colleagues examine whether nurses’ levels of satisfaction with their workplace influence how they perform their job and care for patients

There is a lack of empirical knowledge about nurses’ perceptions of their workplace characteristics and conditions, such as level of autonomy and decision authority, work climate, teamwork, skill exploitation and learning opportunities, and their work motivation in relation to practice outputs such as patient safety. Such knowledge is needed particularly in countries, such as Estonia, where hospital systems for preventing errors and improving patient safety are in the early stages of development. This article reports the findings from a cross-sectional survey of hospital nurses in Estonia that was aimed at determining their perceptions of workplace characteristics, working conditions, work motivation and patient safety, and at exploring the relationship between these. Results suggest that perceptions of personal control over their work can affect nurses’ motivation, and that perceptions of work satisfaction might be relevant to patient safety improvement work.

Nursing Management. 21, 10, 31-41. doi: 10.7748/nm.21.10.31.e1293


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 September 2014

Accepted: 30 December 2014

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