Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of organizational climate in the hospital and RN satisfaction. This study examines the hospital work climate and how it affects the level of quality of care, cost-efficiency, and job satisfaction. A meta-analysis (Irvine & Evans, 1995) with Maslowian underpinnings as the basis of the conceptual framework of job satisfaction and organizational climate was used in this study. A secondary analysis was preformed on previously obtained data from a large scale database (n=330 registered nurses). This descriptive correlational study utilized two main instruments, both of which were modified for this study; the Nurse Organizational Climate Descriptive Survey (NOCDQ-B) which measured Unit Organizational Climate and the Work Quality Index (WQI) which measured RN satisfaction. Personal characteristics of the registered nurses were collected using a Demographic (Questionnaire. Both total scores and selected dimensions of sub-scales were analyzed in order to investigate relationships. The findings of this study showed moderately to strongly positive relationships between some of the sub-scales of organizational climate in the hospital and RN satisfaction. No statistically significant results were found between the demographic variables and either the various sub-scales of organizational climate or RN satisfaction. Knowledge of certain variables of unit organizational climate will help nurses and nurse managers identify satisfiers that will correspond with high retention and quality care in the hospital. Implications for nursing practice and future research will be further discussed.

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