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Major nursing survey to be launched soon.

Next month NZNO will launch its most comprehensive-ever survey, which aims to find out much more about members' professional aspirations and employment conditions. The project seeks information on employment conditions and pay, nursing rotes and service delivery, workloads and staffing, additional work, job changes and career plans, and professional development and recognition programmes. The survey was awaiting approval from NZNO's ethics advisory committee, as Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand went to press.

Attitudes and values towards nursing

The survey also contains 40 statements about nursing as a career and asks respondents to rate how they feet about the statements. This section of the survey is to elicit members' attitudes and values towards nursing as a career and their level of job satisfaction.

The survey is based on the Royal College of Nursing's employment survey and has been extensively modified for use in New Zealand. Strenuous efforts have been made to design an inclusive survey. When piloted, it took about 15 minutes to complete.

NZNO researcher Leonie Walker said the survey results would provide realty good baseline information on the New Zealand nursing/caregiving workforce. "We will start to have hard data about nurses' morale, job satisfaction and what might be needed to retain nurses in the workforce. In all the international research I have read, pay is not necessarily the most important issue for nurses. Choice of shifts, autonomy, the support of colleagues, the ability to nurse to an acceptable standard and family-friendly workplaces are all important issues. The results of this survey will enable us to determine whether New Zealand nurses feel similarly," she said. The data will also be used to inform the professional and industrial work of the organisation, and will provide crucial information for workforce planning.

The survey, along with a reply-paid envelope, will be posted out early next month to a random sample of five percent of NZNO's 41,500 members. Walker made a plea for those who receive the survey to fill it in and send it back. "There are so many different possible employment permutations for nursing and caregiving that it is really important we have as large a response as possible, so the views and experiences of all sectors are appropriately represented. The more responses we get, the more valuable the data and the more robust the survey," she said.

Walker said she hoped to avoid sending out a second trench of the survey to selected sections of the membership, as would be required if an inadequate or non-representative sample was achieved.

The survey will be repeated at least every three years, so trends can be tracked.

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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