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Pickle, Judy

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Teaching and Learning


Operating room nurses--Rating of--Illinois; Nurses--Rating of--Illinois


Caring in nursing is perceived as important by patients, families, and nurses. There are many barriers to care and one of these is that nurses are not evaluated on their ability to care. This study is an investigation of the extent to which nurses' performance appraisals in the State of Illinois incorporate Jean Watson's ten carative factors. A request was sent to 201 hospitals in the State of Illinois, that were classified as general hospitals, for a performance appraisal for a registered nurse on a medical-surgical unit. A total of 87 of the returned performance appraisals were usable. Each of these appraisals was evaluated using a content coding instrument to evaluate the extent to which Watson's carative factors were present. Three conclusions were identified through this process. There is a limited representation of Watson's carative factors on the performance appraisals. There seems to be no relationship between religious and non-religious based facilities and Watson's ten carative factors. The final conclusion is that size of facility did not seem to be associated with the appearance of Watson's carative factors.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [86]-92)


ix, 100 pages




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