ERIC Number: ED278060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Simulated Aging on Nursing Staff Self Reports of Job Satisfaction and Performance.
Robinson, James D.; Nussbaum, Jon F.
A study examined the impact of a simulated aging experience on nursing staff perceptions of job satisfaction and job performance. It was hypothesized that nurses and nurse aides who participated in the simulated aging experience would be more satisfied with their jobs and would receive fewer complaints from residents than those who did not participate. One hundred and fifty nurses and nurse aides (82% of those employed) from a nursing home participated in a regularly scheduled inservice activity in which they experienced some of the difficulties associated with aging and being institutionalized. Dependent measures were Smith, Kendall, and Hulin's job satisfaction scale and the number of complaints registered by residents against a staff member. Results indicated that, in general, the nurse aides seemed to be more influenced by the simulation than the nursing staff. Results showed nurse aides to be more satisfied with their jobs if they participated in the simulation, whereas nurses' satisfaction did not change. Results did not support the hypothesis that less complaints would be lodged against those who participated in the simulation, though the severity of complaints did decrease. However, post hoc analyses suggest that the aging experience did improve the quality of care for residents in some cases. (SRT)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Communication Research, Communication Skills, Inservice Education, Institutionalized Persons, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Job Performance, Job Satisfaction, Nurses, Nurses Aides, Nursing Homes, Older Adults, Simulation, Speech Communication, Staff Development, Staff Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, November 13-16, 1986).