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Keywords:

  • elderly care;
  • stress;
  • team climate;
  • well-being

dackert i. (2010) Journal of Nursing Management18, 302–310 The impact of team climate for innovation on well-being and stress in elderly care

Aims  To investigate the impact of team climate in providing support for innovation on well-being and stress and to explore whether well-being is a mediating variable between team climate and negative stress.

Background  The well-being of the nursing staff needs to be improved in elderly care as well as the quality of the care. Team work may be a way of addressing both needs.

Method  A questionnaire was completed by auxiliary nurses and nurses’ aides (n = 329) within elderly care in Sweden. Structural equation modelling was used to test the relationships among team climate, well-being and stress.

Results  The perceived team climate has a significant positive correlation with well-being and a significant negative correlation with stress reactions. The structural equation modelling suggested that well-being is a mediating variable between team climate and stress.

Conclusion  A better team climate providing support for innovation may increase well-being and decrease stress reactions among nursing staff.

Implications for nursing management:  Interventions that improve the team climate and provide support for innovation may increase the possibilities for growth and self-actualization of the employees that, in turn, make them more qualified to deal with stress.