Organizational Support, Workload, and Intent to Stay: Work Environment Perceptions in Perianesthesia Nursing Units

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Abstract

Purpose:

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.

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