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Title:Relationship of Meaning and Value of Work and Selected Demographic Characteristics of Registered Professional Nurses
Author(s):Mulcahy, Mary C.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Guidance and Counseling
Abstract:The purpose of this research was to determine the presence of relationships between specifically selected demographic characteristics of the professional registered nurses (age, type of work position, place of employment, type of education in preparation for practice, highest level of educational preparation, length of time in active practice and practice area) and the mean scores on the Meaning of Work Scale and the Value of Work Scale. Participants for the study were randomly chosen from the population of professional registered nurses in the state of Illinois who maintain an active license for practice who received and returned the two instruments by mail.
Instruments used to determine the relationship between the perception of the meaning and value of work and the selected demographic variables were the Demographic Inventory, designed by the researcher; and the Meaning and Value of Work Scale designed by Kazanas, et al. Instruments were evaluated through a pilot study by administering them to a group of twenty-five professional registered nurses and found to be appropriate.
Results of the survey were analyzed by descriptive statistics, the ANOVA and, for significant results, the Scheffe. These indicated significant difference in the perception of the value of work according to type of initial preparation for practice; the perception of the meaning of work according to the highest level of educational attainment; and, the perception of the meaning of work according to length of time in active practice.
Results of this study demonstrate the perception of the meaning and value of work for this sample of professional registered nurses in Illinois, provides invaluable information about work role characteristics and is of interest to initial guidance counselors in secondary and post-secondary education, to persons responsible for providing the socialization into nursing practice through educational preparation and finally, to persons responsible for socialization of new and developing graduates in the work site.
Issue Date:1985
Description:169 p.
Thesis (Educat.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8521844
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1985

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