M'Lynda Owens


Nursing is a hazardous occupation, and occupational safety in healthcare, particularly hospitals, is gaining attention. The Institute of Medicine (2003) ranked hospitals in the top five industries for occupational injuries and illness. This study explored the relationship between sustained motivation in nurses as depicted by their perceptions of workplace safety climate, teamwork climate, and autonomy and their job satisfaction and intent to stay at their current jobs. Sustained motivation was manifested as the ability of the nurses to consistently and persistently attend to routine activities such as actions to ensure safety. Over one-third (36%) of the variance in sustained motivation scores was explained by measuring safety climate and nurse autonomy. Even more job satisfaction was explained (46%) by these same scores along with measurement of teamwork climate. The youngest nurses were the most likely to want to leave their current employment setting. There was a significant difference between Millennials and Baby Boomers on Intent to Stay. Findings support the idea that enhancing workplace safety is one means of retaining nurses.

Date of publication

Fall 12-2011

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Nursing Commons