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Aged care nurses’ job control influence satisfaction and mental health

Elliott, K-E ORCID: 0000-0002-4726-5685, Rodwell, J and Martin, A ORCID: 0000-0003-0109-1218 2017 , 'Aged care nurses’ job control influence satisfaction and mental health' , Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 25, no. 7 , pp. 558-568 , doi: 10.1111/jonm.12493.

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Background: Relationships exist between aged care nurses’ perceptions ofpsychosocial work characteristics, job satisfaction and mental health, suggestingthese characteristics may be important for the management of aged care services.Aim: An expanded demand–control–support model that included justiceperceptions was examined to determine its impact on multiple types ofpsychological and organisational well-being outcomes (i.e. job satisfaction,psychological distress and depression).Method: Data were collected from a sample of 173 aged care nurses using a self-reportsurvey and analysed using hierarchical multiple regression.Results: A significant proportion (27–28%) of the variance in aged care nurses’satisfaction, depression and psychological distress was explained by thepsychosocial factors included in the model. Job control had the most consistentimpact with direct effects on job satisfaction, psychological distress anddepression. Informational justice was associated with both psychological distressand depression.Conclusions: Targeting job control may provide the biggest response for nursemanagers in aged care, as it is likely to influence nurses’ job satisfaction,psychological distress and depression.Implications for nursing management Facility managers should implementorganisational policies and procedures that promote higher levels of control overhow nurses perform their work in order to improve nurse well-being in aged caresettings.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Elliott, K-E and Rodwell, J and Martin, A
Keywords: aged care; demands-control-support; justice; nurses; well-being
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Nursing Management
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 0966-0429
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jonm.12493
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Copyright 2017 John Wiley

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