Job Engagement and Reported Weight: A Correlational Study of Outpatient Triage Nurses

Job Engagement and Reported Weight: A Correlational Study of Outpatient Triage Nurses

Author: 
Cheryl K. Seelig
Program of study: 
D.H.A.
Abstract: 
This research study examined job engagement of outpatient triage clinic nurses in relationship to reported weight status. Understanding the relationship between weight status and job engagement could influence the aging nursing workforce by increasing longevity to the field. Reduction in sick days, improved productivity, and decreased patient injuries can also be attributed to healthy staff. An engaged and healthy nursing department will extend the workforce. The continued assessment of the aging nursing workforce and weight-related disease processes affecting our nursing population is critical in having nurses available to care for the population. Thus, it is necessary to understand ways in which to extend the nursing community with information gathered from job engagement and weight-related concerns. A survey was administered to 300 outpatient triage nurses through a confidential Survey Monkey®link, but only 89 respondents addressed all the questions. The results indicated that there is not a significant relationship between job engagement and weight status. To address the research questions and hypothesis, a Pearson’s Correlation Coefficients, mean, and scatterplot diagram were conducted. The results of the testing supported that there is not a direct relationship between job engagement and weight status. Future research will need to be completed to understand the factors that contribute to the increase of BMI of nurses and the influences that cause staff to not be engaged in their work.
Dedication: 
I would like to dedicate this dissertation to my family. My husband Shannon, daughter- Grace Ann, and son- Jacob, thank you for allowing me to sacrifice my time to work on countless papers and research reports. To my colleagues in class for offering advice and support over and over again. To my grandmother Catherine for always letting me know you can do anything you want to do. For my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ giving me perseverance, and for always answering my prayers for help during this journey.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to acknowledge my chairperson Dr. Debbie Ferguson for always being there for me in every way. For my two committee members Dr. Ashraf Esmal and Dr. Louise Underdahl for supporting this journey. For University of Phoenix for taking the effort and time to have a wonderful program that can benefit the health care community. I would also like to acknowledge Kimberly Brown, Kerrie Roberson and Bobbi Brahan for guidance through this process.