Digital Public Defence: Tove Karin Vassbø

Master Tove Karin Vassbø at Institute of Health and Society will be defending the thesis “Job satisfaction and person-centred care in nursing homes - A study exploring job satisfaction in nursing homes in relation to factors associated with person-centred care” for the degree of PhD (Philosophiae Doctor).

The public defence will be held as a video conference over Zoom.

The defence will follow regular procedure as far as possible, hence it will be open to the public and the audience can ask ex auditorio questions when invited to do so.

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Due to copyright reasons, an electronic copy of the thesis must be ordered from the faculty. In order for the faculty to have time to process the order, it must be received by the faculty no later than 2 days prior to the public defence. Orders received later than 2 days before the defence will not be processed. Inquiries regarding the thesis after the public defence must be addressed to the candidate.

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Adjudication committee

  • First opponent: Professor Anna-Karin Edberg, Fakulteten för Hälsovetenskap, Högskolan Kristianstad
  • Second opponent: Professor Liv Halvorsrud, Fakultet for helsevitenskap, Oslomet
  • Third member and chair of the evaluation committee: Professor Jan Helge Solbakk, University of Oslo

Chair of the Defence

Professor Astrid Klopstad Wahl, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo

Principal Supervisor

Professor Ådel Bergland, Lovisenberg Diaconal University College

Summary

Stability among staff is expected to increase overall competence and contribute to the quality of care in nursing homes. Job satisfaction influences nurses’ turnover intentions, which is a strong predictor of actual turnover. A relationship between job satisfaction and person-centred care (PCC), which is about providing care without being governed by routines and practical tasks but by the individual resident’s desires and needs, is indicated. 

In her dissertation Job satisfaction and person-centred care in nursing homes - A study exploring job satisfaction in nursing homes in relation to factors associated with person-centred care, Tove Karin Vassbø and colleagues investigated the relationship between job satisfaction and PCC among staff in nursing homes. The study involved a multi-method approach, which included exploring the relationship between job satisfaction and factors associated with PCC, evaluating the effect of a person-centred and thriving-promoting intervention on staff job satisfaction, and illuminating the meaning of working in a person-centred way focusing on job satisfaction.

The results showed that a climate of community and everydayness, receiving organisational and environmental support and experiencing few ethically difficult situations, were significantly associated with job satisfaction. The study found no support for that the intervention improved staff job satisfaction. However, working in a person-centred way meant meeting individual resident’s needs and expressed preferences in close family-like relationships and meeting shared goals by working towards a collective practice in collaborative teams. The theoretical model ‘Thriving at work’ developed by Spreitzer et al. allowed us to interpret that the meaning of working in a person-centred way meant staff thriving at work, a state involving experiencing both vitality and learning.

Working in a person-centred way thus represents an important measure to increase job satisfaction among staff in nursing homes. In general, the study emphasises the importance of developing knowledge about the working environment in nursing homes and creating workplaces where nursing staff can realise their job values to promote job satisfaction and thriving. 

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Published Jan. 14, 2022 10:04 AM - Last modified Jan. 14, 2022 1:24 PM