Accession Number:

ADA275331

Title:

Maternal-Newborn and Surgical Nurses' Perceptions of Professional Autonomy During the Development of Shared Governance

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

110.0

Abstract:

Defined by Schutzenhofer 1987 as the practice of ones occupation in accordance with ones education, with members of that occupation governing, defining, and controlling their own practice in the absence of external controls, professional autonomy has eluded nurses. Autonomy is the hallmark of professionalism Mundinger, 1980. Because nurses are predominantly female, the limited autonomy in nursing practice is primarily rooted in female socialization norms which do not encourage women to be autonomous. Nursing education traditionally has also restricted the development of professional autonomy. Professional autonomy is further influenced by the work environment and differences in nursing practice models. Autonomy, in turn, is an important factor in job satisfaction for nurses Rowland Rowland, 1992 and has been shown to influence professional practice and patient outcomes Baggs, Ryan, Phelps, Richeson, Johnson, 1992 Maas Jacox, 1977 Mundinger, 1980 Singlelton Nail. 1984.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE