Preferences for decision-making autonomy
NLM Title Abbreviation
Image J Nurs Sch
Image--the journal of nursing scholarship
DOI of Published Version
Nurses' lack of autonomy has been identified as a leading cause of job dissatisfaction, but attempts to increase satisfaction by increasing autonomy have not always been successful. This survey of 356 randomly selected staff nurses and 130 head nurses from 16 hospitals extends previous work by identifying the preferred level of involvement in 21 patient care and 21 unit operation decisions. Staff nurses agreed on 60 percent of the decisions and, in general, preferred independent decision-making for patient care decisions and shared decision-making for unit operation. Head nurses indicated that staff nurses should have a higher level of autonomy than the staff nurses indicated for themselves.
Adult, Decision Making, Educational Status, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Nursing Care, Nursing Evaluation Research, Nursing Service, Hospital/organization & administration, Nursing Staff, Hospital/psychology, Nursing, Supervisory, Professional Autonomy, Sampling Studies
Published Article/Book Citation
Image--the journal of nursing scholarship, 25:4 (1993) pp.339-344.