Attention to nurses’ rewarding – an interview study of registered nurses working in primary and private healthcare in Finland

Jaana Seitovirta, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Lasse Mitronen, Sara De Gieter, Tarja Kvist

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Aims and objectives. To identify meaningful types of rewards and the consequences of rewards as expressed by Finnish registered nurses working in primary and private healthcare.
Background. Previous studies have found significant associations between nurses’ rewards and both their commitment and job satisfaction. Furthermore, appropriaterewards can have beneficial effects on factors including workforce stability and occupational satisfaction that are highly important in times of nurse shortages.
Design. A cross-sectional, qualitative interview study.
Methods. Data were collected via individual semi-structured interviews (n = 20)
with registered nurses working in Finland’s primary and private healthcare, and
subjected to qualitative content analysis.
Results. Six meaningful types of rewards were identified by the registered nurses: Financial compensation and benefits, Work-Life balance, Work content, Professional development, Recognition, and Supportive leadership. Rewards encouraged respondents to perform their work correctly and reinforced occupational satisfaction, but also caused feelings of envy and stress.
Conclusions. It is essential to pay attention to nurses’ preferences for particular
rewards and to reward management. When designing effective reward systems for registered nurses, it is not sufficient to provide financial rewards alone, as various kinds of non-financial rewards are both meaningful and necessary.
Relevance to clinical practice. When trying to improve registered nurses’ commitment and job satisfaction through reward management, it is important to listen to nurses’ opinions to create a reward system that integrates financial and non-financial rewards and is fair from their perspective. Healthcare organisations that offer registered nurses a holistic reward system are more likely to retain satisfied and committed nurses at a time of increasing nursing shortages.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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