A study of the hierarchy of nurse job wants as perceived by nurses, nurse administrators, hospital administrators, and physicians in selected hospital settings
The study was designed to examine and document the hierarchy of job wants as ranked by nurses. The ranked job wants by nurses were compared to the ranked nurse job wants as perceived by nurse administrators, hospital administrators, and physicians. A second purpose was to determine if a correlation existed between the ranked listings of each job classification groupings.The job want factors adopted for the study included the following:1. Improved working conditions2. Feeling "in" on things3. Tactful evaluation4. Full appreciation for work done5. Administration loyalty to nurses6. Improved wages7. Opportunities for professional growth8. Sympathetic understanding of personal problems9. Job security10. Meaningful workThe sample in the study consisted of 174 respondents. The 76 nurses, 29 nurse administrators, and 34 hospital administrators were employed in one of four hospitals in Northeastern Indiana. The 35 physicians practiced in at least one of the four hospitals selected for the study.A total of six hypotheses were tested. The data were analyzed by employing the Spearman rank-order correlation coefficient to measure the correlation between the ranked responses of nurse administrators, hospital administrators, and physicians. The correlation between nurse administrators and hospital administrators, between nurse administrators and physicians, between hospital administrators and nurse administrators were also analyzed.Meaningful work and appreciation for work done are job wants which nurses ranked most important. Nursing administrators, hospital administrators, and physicians were found to be sensitive to the job wants of nurses who work in the hospital setting.