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Staff Nurse Work Empowerment and Perceived Control over Nursing Practice : Conditions for Work Effectiveness

Laschinger, Heather; Havens, Donna

The Journal of Nursing Administration: September 1996 - Volume 26 - Issue 9 - p 27-35

Nurse administrators are seeking ways to create organizational work environments that empower nurses to exercise more control over the content and context of their practice. This study used Rosabeth Kanter's Structural Theory of Organizational Behavior to examine relationships between staff nurses' perceptions of work empowerment, and control over nursing practice, and subsequently, job satisfaction and perceived work effectiveness. Implications for nurse administrators are discussed.

Heather K. Spence Laschinger, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Nursing, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Donna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada and the University of Western Ontario Sabbatical Grant Program.

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