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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
AIMS The main focus of this follow-up study was to describe how the vision statements were perceived to describe the work in the units and what kind of relationships there were between the vision statements and background factors during the 3-year follow-up. BACKGROUND he vision statement gives a competitive advantage to the organization. It helps find(More)
OBJECTIVE This study describes experiences of work empowerment among staff members at the Rheumatism Foundation Hospital in Helsinki, Finland. METHODS The data were collected on two occasions in 2004 and 2005 using a structured questionnaire with background variables and items concerning verbal, behavioural and outcome empowerment. The questionnaires were(More)