Predicting job-person fit to enhance recruitment and retention of scrub and circulating nurses

Amanda Stott, Lynne P. Johnstone

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Health service managers will be aware of the challenges of meeting nursing workforce requirements, especially in 'high tech' areas such as operating theatre (OT). Among the factors contributing to present OT workforce shortages are minimal exposure of nursing students to the OT to promote their interest in it as a potential workplace and, within the next decade, the high proportion of OT nurses expected to retire within. Based on the proposition that the enormous technological change in surgery over the past decade or so has changed the nature and, potentially, the attractiveness of OT work to a dominantly female nursing workforce, we researched the satisfying and dissatisfying job characteristics of one specific category of OT nurse - scrub and circulating nurses - for the purpose of developing a validated instrument to employ among nursing students that would identify those suitable for, and who could be predicted to enjoy, work as scrub and/or circulating nurses. Analysis has confirmed the significance of eight job characteristics. These include: readiness to learn and adapt to change; being a systematic, well organised person; having a long-held fascination with anatomy; enjoying within-team 'intimacy' and having a strong sense of job-person fit. Further conclusions concerning the influence of personal traits, including gender role, on (dis)satisfying job characteristics will be drawn early in 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) National Conference - Darwin, Australia
Duration: 23 May 201226 May 2012


ConferenceAustralian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) National Conference


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