Self-transcendence and Work Engagement in Acute Care Staff Registered Nurses

Beth Palmer, Mary T. Quinn Griffin, Pamela G Reed, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

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Abstract

The ability of human beings to find meaning by being directed toward something, or someone, other than themselves is termed "self-transcendence. " Previous research indicated that the ability of nurses to self-transcend and thus derive positive meaning from patient-caring experiences increased work commitment and fostered work engagement. However, the relationship between self-transcendence and work engagement had not been investigated. The purpose of this study was to explore the levels and relationships of self-transcendence and work engagement in acute care staff registered nurses (ACSRNs). This was a descriptive correlational study using Reed's theory of self-transcendence. The Self-transcendence Scale, the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale, and a demographic questionnaire were completed by a convenience sample of 84 ACSRNs who attended an annual acute care nursing conference in northern Illinois. ACSRNs level of self-transcendence was high, similar to that of other nurses, but higher than that of nonnurses. ACSRNs level of work engagement was at the high end of the "average" range. There was a significant positive correlation between self-transcendence and work engagement. Nurses with higher levels of self-transcendence had more energy toward and were more dedicated and absorbed in their work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-147
Number of pages10
JournalCritical Care Nursing Quarterly
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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Keywords

  • Selftranscendence
  • Work engagement

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Self-transcendence and Work Engagement in Acute Care Staff Registered Nurses. / Palmer, Beth; Quinn Griffin, Mary T.; Reed, Pamela G; Fitzpatrick, Joyce J.

In: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 2, 04.2010, p. 138-147.

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Palmer, Beth ; Quinn Griffin, Mary T. ; Reed, Pamela G ; Fitzpatrick, Joyce J. / Self-transcendence and Work Engagement in Acute Care Staff Registered Nurses. In: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. 2010 ; Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 138-147.
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