Title

Preferences for decision-making autonomy

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-1993

NLM Title Abbreviation

Image J Nurs Sch

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Image--the journal of nursing scholarship

PubMed ID

8288303

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1049