Date of Award

10-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The positive effects of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) on clinical outcomes are well known; however little is known about the effects of the RRT on the registered nurses (RNs) who utilize it. The purpose of this study was to a) examine the overall perceptions of nurses on satisfaction, collaboration, and communication and b) explore the differences in perceptions of satisfaction, collaboration, and communication between RNs who have utilized the RRT versus those who have not using a descriptive design. Data were collected by questionnaires from a sample of 340 RNs who worked at a midwestem institution. The results indicated a significant difference in perceived satisfaction. Although the majority of RNs in the study reported high levels of satisfaction, nurses who did not use the RRT were significantly more satisfied than nurses who frequently used the RRT. These findings suggest that other variables may contribute to overall work satisfaction.

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