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Hospital Restructuring and Nursing Staff Well Being: The Role of Personal Resources

Author: RONALD J. BURKE and ESTHER R. GREENGLASS
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 24 No. 1

This study examined the role played by two personal resources (job mobility options,
financial resources) among nursing staff during a period of major hospital restructuring and
downsizing. Data were collected from 1362 staff nurses using questionnaires. Personal
resources were hypothesized to have both direct and indirect effects on job satisfaction and
psychological well-being in a model of hospital restructuring and its effects. The model included
four variables: extent of hospital restructuring, future threats to the workplace, job satisfaction
and psychosomatic symptoms. LISREL analyses indicated that financial resources reduced
perceptions of future workplace threats and psychosomatic symptoms, while job mobility options
were associated with higher levels of job satisfaction.

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