Renal in-patient ward nurse experience and job satisfaction: A qualitative study

McKenzie, Aisha T and Addis, Gulen (2018) Renal in-patient ward nurse experience and job satisfaction: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27 (23-24). pp. 4353-4360. ISSN 0962-1067

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Aims and objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the experience of registered nurses working in renal inpatients wards at an acute National Health Service (NHS) hospital Trust. Nurse perceptions of their experience particularly in relation to job satisfaction was analysed. Background: Increased understanding of workplace organisation and culture can contribute to improved nurse work experience and better patient care. Worldwide many studies conducted on nurse experience and job satisfaction show that job satisfaction level varies across work settings so analysis of job satisfaction at a local level such as in a ward is important for producing useful analysis and recommendations Method: Using purposive sampling, semi structured individual interviews were conducted on twelve registered nurses working on renal inpatient wards. Results: The study identified three themes: safe care, organisational culture and work environment. Although staffing was identified as a key element to providing safe care maintaining adequate staffing levels remained a challenge. Whilst there were opportunities for professional development more support is needed for newly qualified nurses. Conclusions: Findings highlighted that renal patients were complex. It is important to maintain adequate staffing levels. Good clinical leadership is required to support and develop the positive experience of nurses. Relevance to clinical practice: The high turnover of newly qualified nurses is a particular problem and nurse managers need to develop strategies to retain such nurses. Regular audits on staffing levels as part of improving workforce planning and patient safety need to be conducted.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Renal Nursing, Acute Care, Experiences, Work Satisfaction
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 08:54
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 03:00

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