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The Effect of Workplace Empowerment on Staff Nurses' Occupational Mental Health and Work Effectiveness

Spence Laschinger, Heather K. PhD, RN; Havens, Donna Sullivan PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration:

Occupational mental health has been linked to productivity and other desired organizational outcomes, such as commitment and satisfaction. Kanter's model of work empowerment was used to examine the relation between 62 staff nurses' perceptions of empowerment in their work settings and their occupational mental health. The authors discuss their findings and suggest organizational interventions that can be used by nurse administrators to ameliorate work stress and improve work effectiveness.

Author Information

Heather K. Spence Laschinger, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, e-mail:,

Donna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Supported by a University of Western Ontario sabbatical research grant and by the University of Western Ontario Vice President's Special Competition Fund.

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