Operating Room Nurses and Surgical Technologists Perceptions of Job Satisfaction in the Operating Room Environment

Operating Room Nurses and Surgical Technologists Perceptions of Job Satisfaction in the Operating Room Environment

Author: 
Sherri Eakin
Program of study: 
D.H.A.
Abstract: 
The predicted future operating room nurse and surgical technologist shortages may have significant implications for the healthcare industry. Improving the job satisfaction of operating room personnel could promote retention and provide adequate staffing in operating rooms. The job satisfaction of operating room nurses and surgical technologists can result in positive or negative work environments. The purpose of the qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the perceptions of job satisfaction of operating room nurses and surgical technologists to discover how job satisfaction influences the intent to leave or remain in the work environment of the operating room. A purposive selection was made of 12 registered nurses and 12 surgical technologists who had varying degrees of experience in the healthcare field, and were working part time or full time in the operating room of a pediatric medical center in North, Texas. Interviews were audiorecorded and the seven steps were used from Moustakas van Kaam analysis to reveal themes and patterns from the research data. Six themes emerged from the research study that included teamwork, recognition from surgeon, working with pediatric patients and their families, staff appreciation, work environment, and executive leadership. Based on the findings, further research is needed to ascertain strategies that would improve operating room registered nurses and surgical technologists’ job satisfaction and retention.
Dedication: 
To God, who has sustained me and given me the strength and courage to finish this journey, and my mom, Billie Parker Hindsman, who has always loved, encouraged, and believed in me. This dissertation is also dedicated to all operating room registered nurses and surgical technologists who make a difference in the lives of patients, and to the operating room, which has given me passion, excitement, and fulfillment in my work life.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to thank my dissertation chair, Dr. Janice Terrell, who has provided tremendous support and guidance throughout the dissertation journey. My committee members, Dr. Barbara Trent and Dr. Kathy Speers, who provided valuable feedback, recommendations, and support through the process. A special thanks to my best friends, Laurie Bigelow, Tracy Ward, and Donna Courtney, who have always believed in me and kept me, smiling. To my mother, who has been my biggest cheerleader and shoulder to lean, laugh, and cry upon. My sweet children, Daniel, Andrea, Drake, Bentley, Kane, and Brittany Walters who are my heart. To my sisters Debbie Stockstill, Rebecca LaCour, and my precious family who have supported me and loved me throughout my life. Finally, to my husband, Thomas Eakin, who has given of his self relentlessly to make my dream come true. Most importantly, my heavenly father, who has sustained me and given me the strength to complete this dissertation journey.