International Nursing Review
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Edited By: Sue Turale
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Belongingness in the workplace: a study of Malaysian nurses' experiences
Z Mohamed, JM Newton and L McKenna
It is a common human condition to want to belong somewhere and feel accepted by others around us. With nursing shortages prevalent in many countries, various strategies are being enacted to recruit and retain nurses in nursing and improve patient outcomes. This study involved 437 nurses working in two Malaysian hospitals, who were surveyed about their experiences of belongingness in their workplaces. The findings are interesting in that an Asian sense of collectivism was prevalent in nursing practice, something I have witnessed many times. The interplay of cultural norms and ethnicity had a large bearing on the nurses’ abilities to feel connection with and acceptance by their colleagues. They clearly wanted to ‘fit in’ and practiced strategies to maintain group harmony. Senior nurses were concerned with seeking and maintaining acceptance and respect, and maintaining harmony among the workers. The authors argue that workplaces that do not work to build environments that help to create teambuilding and a sense of belongingness may experience negative impacts on care delivery. I commend this article to you for further reading.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Pamela Mitchell and Dr Valerie Ehlers have been appointed as Associate Editors of International Nursing Review. Pamela Mitchell is Professor of Bio-behavioral Nursing and Health Systems at the University of Washington, and Valerie Ehlers has recently retired from her position as Professor at the University of South Africa. We welcome them both to INR.