Design/Methods: In acute care, complex continuing care, long-term care, and home care settings, the literature review identified the essential characteristics or attributes defining each worklife concept through the development of a clear conceptual definition which provided the foundation for review of instruments for measuring it; identified the instruments (where applicable) or mechanisms that have been used to measure each of the worklife concepts; reviewed the content validity of the instruments/mechanisms and assess their congruency with the essential characteristics of each worklife concept; critically reviewed the instruments/mechanisms for reliability, validity, responsiveness to change, sensitivity to nursing and patient outcomes; and determined the extent to which each worklife concept has demonstrated sensitivity to nursing care and patient outcomes.
Findings/Conclusion: These indicators examined include: proportion of registered nurses; staff mix; educational background of nursing staff; experience of nursing staff; use of overtime hours; absenteeism hours; level of autonomy and decision making experienced by nurses; professional development opportunities; span of control of unit manager; scope of nursing leadership role; team functioning; organizational climate and culture; and workload/productivity. Select indicators are being examined in a feasibility study.
Implications: Recommendations from this presentation will extend our understanding of the indicators of the quality of nurses' worklife.
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