Title: Work-related empowerment among nurses: literature review

Authors: Ghadeer Al-Dweik; Laila I. Al-Daken; Hana Abu-Snieneh; Muayyad M. Ahmad

Addresses: Faculty of Nursing, Applied Science University, 11931-166, Amman, Jordan ' Faculty of Nursing, Zarqa' University, Zarqa' 13132, Jordan ' Faculty of Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan ' Clinical Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan

Abstract: This literature review discusses several issues about nurses' work-related empowerment, in order to determine empowerment concept, significance and the factors contributing their empowerment and identify the gaps from the literature. A systematic review was carried out focusing on empirical research on several issues related to nurses' empowerment. A literature search was conducted with certain electronic databases for the period 2009 to 2015. Forty-five studies were identified through a systematic search of the literature. The results of this review should be of interest to the planners, decision makers, managers, practitioners who are working in the field of management, educators who have particular focus and interest in nurse's empowerment. Hospital managers and decision makers need to work towards the implementation of empowerment environment and focus on the factors promoting empowerment to enhance nurse's productivity, to provide high quality care for patient in clinical sittings and to achieve positive health outcomes.

Keywords: employee empowerment; employee disempowerment; promoting factors; impeding factors; leadership; nurses; nurse managers; literature review; hospital management; patient care; nurse productivity; healthcare services.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2016.078885

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2016 Vol.19 No.2, pp.168 - 186

Received: 21 Jan 2015
Accepted: 12 Feb 2015

Published online: 04 Sep 2016 *

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