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Leslie C. Hussey


Retention of perioperative nurses who work in the operating room is critical to an organization's effectiveness and financial wellness. Factors that retain perioperative nurses are empowerment and job satisfaction. The purposes of this quantitative study, guided by Kanter's theory of structural empowerment, were to determine (a) the level of empowerment and job satisfaction among perioperative nurses and their intent to stay in the organization and (b) if age, gender, education, perioperative experience, and national nursing certification predict empowerment among perioperative nurses. Fifty-five perioperative nurses responded to the Conditions for Work Effectiveness Questionnaire-II, Nursing Workplace Satisfaction Questionnaire, and Intent to Stay Scale surveys via recruitment through the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Using multiple regression analysis, results revealed that empowerment was not a statistically significant predictor of intent to stay. However, age and holding a national nursing certification predicted empowerment. Job satisfaction was a statistically significant predictor of a nurses' intent to stay in the organization. The results affect positive social change because increasing the job satisfaction of perioperative nurses will lead to their desire to remain within the organization and increase retention. Retaining experienced and competent perioperative nurses’ results in attaining organizational goals, ultimately translating to quality patient care. Further research is needed to study the moderating effects and qualitatively investigate the meaning of empowerment.

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