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The effect of a hospital’s work environment on nurses’ retirement age : a quantitative analysis on the effect of informal learning, influenced by the nurses’ work environment and their motivation to learn, on the nurses’ intention to actively stay until reaching the official retirement age.

Beinborn, I. (2012) The effect of a hospital’s work environment on nurses’ retirement age : a quantitative analysis on the effect of informal learning, influenced by the nurses’ work environment and their motivation to learn, on the nurses’ intention to actively stay until reaching the official retirement age.

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Abstract:The health sector recently has been confronted with two trends that lead to a considerable problem; an ageing society is in need of more healthcare while at the same time the average age of nursing staff is rising, as there are not enough young talents entering the workforce. These trends lead to a shortcoming of qualified nurses to provide the healthcare needed by the society. Therefore, this research investigates how health care institutions can treat nurses so that they stay actively in the workforce until reaching their retirement age. An opinion survey (46 respondents), spread in the author’s personal network and a questionnaire (157 respondents), spread in two hospitals and one nurses network, have been used to identify whether the work environment can influence the nurses’ informal learning activities via their intrinsic motivation to learn and if this consequently could increase their actual retirement age. The statistical analysis revealed that, giving nurses choice-independence at work leads to more knowledge sharing and feedback asking (informal learning activities). Furthermore, the analysis revealed that nurses, who participate in informal learning activities, have a significant higher intention to actively stay in the hospital than the ones who do not learn informally.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62386
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