Motivation in Nursing


Motivationin Nursing

Motivationin Nursing

Motivationis one of the key factors that contribute to continued exemplaryperformance. However, it is the most challenging aspect especiallyfor managers who are managing a large number of people. Most theorieshave emphasized the relationship between satisfied individual needsand good performance (Beck,2000).The managers therefore, should focus on identifying key individualneeds of their employees to be able to design and implementindividual motivators. These needs can be analyzed from an employee’spast performance.

InCharlie’s case, it is evident that his performance is best when hissocial needs have been satisfied. His performance deteriorated oncehe felt less affiliated to the new environment. Using McClellandhuman motivation theory, the Nurse supervisor should be able toidentify key motivational drivers for Charlie from his pastperformance and use the information to set goals and provide feedbackto the Charlie (Bach&ampEllis, 2011).In this scenario, the nurse supervisor should let Charlie know thatshe appreciates his good performance and constant dedication to hiswork for the past nine years in the Westside hospital’s pediatricunit (Brown,2007).Positive feedback will motivate Charlie and pave way for any negativeissue the supervisor would like to raise with Charlie (Bastable,2003).However, this should be done in a one on one meeting and the feedbackshould be balanced.

Inaddition, the nurse supervisor should also design a plan whereCharlie will be able to interact more with patients in thepsychiatric unit (Rousselet al, 2006).She may choose to station him in one unit for the first one yearwhere he will be able to see his patients through treatment andestablish relationship with his peers before moving him to otherunits (Fineout-Overholt&ampMelnyk, 2005).Since Charlie has depicted a strong work ethic in the past, he willtake upon himself to assist in other understaffed units when he canother that being compelled to do so.


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