Queensland public sector nurse executives: job satisfaction and career opportunities

Courtney, Mary D., Yacopetti, Jane K., James, Catherine, & Walsh, Anne M. (2001) Queensland public sector nurse executives: job satisfaction and career opportunities. Australian Health Review, 24(2), pp. 83-95.

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During the past decade, economic and political forces have caused radical transformations in health care systems resulting in changes through which nursing executives must function. This paper provides an understanding of nursing executives’ roles and responsibilities and the impact changes in the health industry have had on their careers.

One hundred and forty-seven (52%) of the 281 nursing executives employed in the Queensland Public Health Sector completed a postal self-administered survey. The findings of this study demonstrate their role has expanded to include not only nursing administration, but also responsibility for financial, human resources, strategic and resource management, staff development and quality improvement. The impact of these role changes has affected the health and well-being of nursing executives, with nearly half reporting increased stress, frustration and irritation. Their workload has increased and some reported deterioration in their health, specifically, exhaustion, fatigue and insomnia. Respondents reported they now have less time to spend with families and friends, which has had a negative impact on family relationships. Overall, nursing executives were satisfied with their current position, the work itself and their relationships with their co-workers, but dissatisfied with organisational aspects, especially the quality of mentorship and opportunities for promotion.

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ID Code: 1609
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Self-archiving of the author-version is not yet supported by this publisher.
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ISSN: 0156-5788
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Australian Healthcare Association
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:25

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