Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Evelyn T. Peterson
This study compared patient satisfaction with nursing care given by nurses working traditional eight-hour shifts versus the satisfaction of patients being cared for by nurses working twelve-hour shifts.
The conceptual framework was derived from Systems Theory incorporating the interrelated subsystems within the organization that contribute to patient satisfaction as identified by Johnson, Kast, and Rosenzweig (1973).
The Patient Satisfaction Instrument designed by Risser(1975) and adapted by Hinshaw and Atwood (1979) for in-patient use was utilized for data collection. One medical-surgical unit in a Veterans Administration Hospital constituted the experimental group where patients were surveyed before and after the staffing change. Another medical-surgical unit served as the control group. Analysis of variance was used to analyze the data. At a probability level of .05 there was no difference in patient satisfaction between nursing care given during the eight and twelve-hour shifts.
The study, utilizing Systems Theory, indicated that a structural change in one subsystem did not effect patient satisfaction assuming the other subsystems remained stable.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nurse and patient
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Erler, Cheryl J., "A Comparative Study of Traditional Nursing Schedules vs. Extended Nursing Schedules on Patient Satisfaction" (1987). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 664.