Dear Nurse Leaders,
The June issue of JONA profiles several articles supporting workforce studies and related outcomes. Authors tackle issues including recruitment office processes, compassion fatigue, top of license performance, health promotion behaviors among nurses, and motivational interviewing.
Williams, Costley, Bellury and Moobed report a study evaluating the relationship between health promotion behaviors and job satisfacton and job stress. Findings include that lower job stress was significantly associated with health promotion behaviors and affected areas including spiritual growth, interpersonal relations and stress management. Health promoting behaviors included: physical activity, nutrition, and stress management among others.
Authors penning the article "Assessing the Degree of Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue Among Critical Care, Oncology and Charge Nurses" report interesting findings including that charge nurses had higher levels of burnout and secondry traumatic stress than direct care nurses. Also, they report that nurses with less than 10 years experience had lower levels of compassion satisfaction than experienced nurses. Both of these findings are relevant for nurse executives and nurse leaders as we work with our nurses to increase retention and engagement. Focusing on the stress level of charge nurses and identifying coping skills and stress management should be a workforce strategy. Also, assisting new nurses by developing debriefing sessions, stress reduction management skills and peer support can be targeted interventions supporting higher levels of compassion satisfaction.
Ma and Stimpfel present the study "The Association Between Nurse Shift Patterns and Nurse-Nurse and Nurse-Physician Collaboration in Acute Care Hospital Units". In this cross-sectional study across 168 hospitals, overtime among nurses was associated with lower levels of collaboration at the unit level. A finding that was also interesting is that shift length for nurses was not found to be significant.
Melora Ferren, MSN, RN-BC, the Social Media Coordinator for JONA, continues to post weekly on Twitter highlighting a topic from the journal. The Twitter address for JONA is #JONANurseLeader.
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Karen S. Hill, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN