Organisational Change Stressors and Nursing Job Satisfaction: The Mediating Effect of Coping Strategies
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This is the accepted version of the following article: Teo, Stephen T.T. and Pick, David and Newton, Cameron J. and Yeung, Melissa E. and Chang, Esther. 2013. Organisational Change Stressors and Nursing Job Satisfaction: The Mediating Effect of Coping Strategies. Journal of Nursing Management. 21 (6): pp. 878-887, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12120
Aim: To examine the mediating effect of coping strategies on the consequences of nursing and non-nursing (administrative) stressors on the job satisfaction of nurses during change management. Background Organisational change can result in an increase in nursing and non-nursing-related stressors, which can have a negative impact on the job satisfaction of nurses employed in health-care organisations. Method: Matched data were collected in 2009 via an online survey at two time-points (six months apart).Results: Partial least squares path analysis revealed a significant causal relationship between Time 1 administrative and role stressors and an increase in nursing-specific stressors in Time 2. A significant relationship was also identified between job-specific nursing stressors and the adoption of effective coping strategies to deal with increased levels of change-induced stress and strain and the likelihood of reporting higher levels of job satisfaction in Time 2.Conclusions: The effectiveness of coping strategies is critical in helping nurses to deal with the negative consequences of organisational change. Implications for nursing management: This study shows that there is a causal relationship between change, non-nursing stressors and job satisfaction. Senior management should implement strategies aimed at reducing nursing and nonnursing stress during change in order to enhance the job satisfaction of nurses.
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