Taina Pitkäaho

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AIM This paper is a report of a pilot study to examine the relationship of nursing intensity, work environment intensity and nursing resources to nurse job satisfaction. BACKGROUND There is an ever increasing amount of information in hospital information systems; however, still very little of it is actually used in nursing management and leadership. (More)
AIMS This study sought to analyse relationships between nurse staffing and patients' length of stay in acute care units and to determine whether non-linear relationships exist between variables. BACKGROUND Healthcare systems are complex and it could be assumed that they comprise non-linear associations. However, current planning and evaluation of nurse(More)
AIMS To study the effects of scale type (visual analogue scale vs. Likert), item order (systematic vs. random), item non-response and patient-related characteristics (age, gender, subjective health, need for assistance with filling out the questionnaire and length of stay) on the results of patient satisfaction surveys. BACKGROUND Although patient(More)
OBJECTIVES The pilot study is a part of the Magnet hospital research project in Northern Savo in Finland, which is a collaboration between the University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) in 2006-2012. The purpose was to identify, describe and assess nurse staffing indicators from the data system of KUH. Donabedian's structure-process-outcome(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the barriers inhibiting the use of spousal presence for childbirth pain relief in health facilities and recommendations from three perspectives: the midwife, the woman, and the spouse. BACKGROUND Spousal presence is a non-invasive, participatory and inexpensive technique used in pain management during(More)
Background. Measures of spousal effect during parturient pain should take a tripartite approach involving the parturients, spouses, and midwives. Aim. To develop and validate three questionnaires measuring spousal presence in management of parturient pain in Nigeria. Methods. There are two phases: (1) development of questionnaires, Abuja Instrument for(More)
AIM To examine the relationship between nurse staffing and patient length of stay in an acute-care hospital over a 1-year period. BACKGROUND Although there has been prior research on the relationship between nurse staffing and length of stay in acute-care hospitals, there is a need for more information on how nurse staffing is related to length of stay(More)
AIM To examine the relationship of a comprehensive health care orientation process with a hospital's attractiveness. BACKGROUND Little is known about indicators of the employee orientation process that most likely explain a hospital organisation's attractiveness. METHOD Empirical data collected from registered nurses (n = 145) and physicians (n = 37)(More)
OBJECTIVE partner presence in the labour room can influence childbirth pain outcomes and maternal well-being. We examined midwives' perception of the use of partner presence in the management of childbirth pain in Nigerian hospitals. DESIGN a descriptive cross-sectional quantitative study. SETTING maternity units of four hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria,(More)