Liisa Kuokkanen

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Definitions and uses of the concept of empowerment are wide-ranging: the term has been used to describe the essence of human existence and development, but also aspects of organizational effectiveness and quality. The empowerment ideology is rooted in social action where empowerment was associated with community interests and with attempts to increase the(More)
Empowerment ideology has been adopted increasingly as one conceptual framework for the development of nursing care, training, and management. The present article examines a quantitative study (n = 416) on critical care, long-term care, and public health nurses' views over their personal qualities and performance in relation to an ideal model of nurse(More)
OBJECTIVE This article reports the results of a quantitative study of individual nurses' views concerning factors promoting or impeding empowerment in healthcare organizations. BACKGROUND Changes in healthcare have lead to the formation of ever larger units, reduced resources, and an increasing demand for efficiency. Besides having extensive professional(More)
BACKGROUND In developing the quality of health care attention has recently focused on the professional progress of nurses. Simultaneously, empowerment ideology has been increasingly adopted as the conceptual framework for the development of nursing. The empowerment process has usually been described from an organizational starting point. In the present(More)
This article reports the results of a longitudinal quantitative study on nurses' views on factors promoting and impeding empowerment and examines the relationship between work-related empowerment and background variables in one hospital. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire and analyzed statistically. Nurses gave lowest assessments of(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the study was to explore how nurses assess their empowerment and clarify organizational justice compared to other work-related factors. In addition, we examined the major variables pertinent to empowerment. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey data were used. METHODS A total of 2,152 nurses returned the completed questionnaire. The(More)
Carried out as part of a staff development project, this study describes the experiences of work-related empowerment within a multidisciplinary team at the Rheumatism Foundation Hospital in Finland. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire consisting of background variables and questions concerning verbal, behavioural and outcome(More)
AIM This study describes the views of multidisciplinary teams on work-related empowerment in a transitional organization. METHODS The data were collected between September 2003 and January 2004 (n=115) and one year later (n=112) using a self-administered questionnaire consisting of verbal and behavioural items, empowerment outcomes, and factors promoting(More)
Developing nursing care and the new technologies involved also require nurses to learn continuously and update their expertise. Attention has also been paid to the attractiveness of the profession-its ability to attract young people and retain nurses currently working in the profession. The concept of empowerment has been widely adopted in nursing research(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aim was to explore nurse empowerment and the factors associated with it from the viewpoint of surgical nurses. DESIGN A multicentre cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational study design was used. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS   The data were collected from 11 units of seven largest Lithuanian hospitals located in three major cities(More)