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Communication. Improving RNs' organizational and professional identification in managed care hospitals.

Published on Feb 1, 2002in Journal of Nursing Administration1.206
· DOI :10.1097/00005110-200202000-00010
Julie Apker1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Dorothy H. Fox2
Estimated H-index: 2
Abstract
Nurse administrators are searching for an expanded repertoire of strategies to attract and retain qualified nursing staff in today's managed care environment. This study examined hospital registered nurses' interpretations of managed care and the effects of those views on nurses' identification with their employing organization and the nursing profession. Findings show that nurses held greater identification with their occupation than their organization. Significant factors influencing nurses'attachment to both of these reference groups included uncertainty about managed care changes, information received about managed care changes, and effects of managed care on the nursing role. Communication principles and strategies are presented to nurse leaders for use in fostering a stronger organizational affiliation among staff nurses while maintaining a strong identification with the nursing profession.
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