Organizational Support, Workload, and Intent to Stay: Work Environment Perceptions in Perianesthesia Nursing Units
The purpose of this ASPAN study was to understand perianesthesia nurses' perception of their work environments in regards to organizational support, workload, intent to stay, and overall nurse satisfaction.Design:
A descriptive design was used with survey methodology.Method:
An online survey was sent to American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses members. The Individual Workload Perception Scale–Revised was used. A total of 2,121 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses members participated (21% response rate).Findings:
Fifty-three percent reported that their nurse manager had responsibilities for three or more units. Having an assigned preceptor had a significant difference with organizational support, workload, intent to stay, and overall nurse satisfaction. Certified nurses reported significantly better perceptions of workload and intent to stay.Conclusion:
This is the first national glimpse of the perianesthesia work environment and its influence on nurse outcomes. These results can be used to improve the perianesthesia work environment.