Qualified nurse and nursing auxiliary perceptions of their work environment in primary, team and functional nursing wards

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  • Lois H Thomas BA(Hons) RGN

    Research Associate
    1. Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 Claremont Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AA, England
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Abstract

The way in which nursing work is organized has major implications for the role of different staff grades This paper describes how qualified nurses and nursing auxiliaries perceived their work in primary, team and functional nursing wards The Work Environment Scale was distributed to 12 qualified nurses and 12 nursing auxiliaries within each organizational mode, and a response rate of 97% was achieved While differences were found between organizational modes, there was no difference in work perceptions between qualified nurses and nursing auxiliaries within organizational mode It is argued that this is due to cultures existing within organizational types which transcend staff grade

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