Background: In The Netherlands, the employment as a “nurse anaesthetist” is comparable to that of a registered nurse anaesthetist in the Scandinavian countries and Poland. However, the Dutch healthcare system employs nurse anaesthetists both with and without nursing backgrounds. This study investigated whether a nursing background influences the attitudes and perceptions of nurse anaesthetists in The Netherlands. Methods: A survey was distributed to all nurse anaesthetists working in Dutch hospitals to discover differences in their perceptions of their work context, job satisfaction, and work climate, as well as their health and turnover intention. The questionnaire also sought basic information on socio-demographic factors and psychosomatic symptoms. Descriptive statistics, factor analyses and independent T-tests were computed. Results: Overall 923 of a total of 2,000 questionnaires were completed and analyzed (response rate of 46%). Independent T-tests showed no significant differences between nurse anaesthetists with and those without nursing backgrounds in all the areas examined. Conclusions: Dutch nurse anaesthetists with and those without nursing backgrounds reported similar perceptions of and information about their work context, job satisfaction, work climate, psychosomatic symptoms, burnout, sickness absence, general health and turnover intention. Both academic tracks appeared to produce individuals who functioned similarly as professionals.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2011|
- job perceptions
- nursing degree
- nurse anaesthetist