The Intergenerational Impact of Management Relations on Nurse Career Satisfaction and Patient Care
Price, Sheri L.
Hall, Linda McGillis
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Objective This article provides insights into the role of management relations on nurses’ career satisfaction across different career stages. Background Managers and positive relations with staff are critical to improving job satisfaction, career development, and retention for new graduates to mid- to late-career nurses. Methods Using a descriptive qualitative approach, we conducted a thematic analysis of 18 focus groups held in 8 Canadian provinces with 185 student, early-career, and mid- to late-career nurse participants. Results Student participants expressed the need for a supportive environment to enable successful transition to practice. Early-career nurses expected effective leadership at the unit level, effective communication, and positive working relationships to enable best care outcomes. Mid- to late-career nurses were most dissatisfied with management interactions and relationships. Conclusions Management relations are important across all career stages, affecting patient care and job satisfaction. Findings provide insight into how nurse-manager relations can be enhanced from new graduate support to guidance in career development and ongoing recognition and respect for nurses throughout their careers.
Price, S.L., Paynter, M.J, McGillis Hall, L., Reichart, C. (2018). The Intergenerational Impact of Management Relations on Nurse Career Satisfaction and Patient Care. Journal of Nursing Administration.48(12), 636-641. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000695