FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2014
Job Integration Factors As Predictors of Travel Nurse Job Performance, A Mixed-Methods Study
Philadelphia, PA- Carol A. Tuttas, PhD, RN authored a study published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality titled, “Job Integration Factors As Predictors of Travel Nurse Job Performance, A Mixed-Methods Study”. In addition to being published for a third time in this particular journal, Dr. Tuttas was asked to create a video abstract of her study to bring attention to the importance of the topic being researched.
Dr. Tuttas has had extensive experience working with travel nurses. Travel nurses and their work environment are underrepresented in academic studies, despite their contributions to the safety and well-being of patients every day. Dr. Tuttas had a rare opportunity to conduct a mixed-methods study that involved a sampling of full-time travel nurses. In this study, the relationships between onboarding (orientation and integration) and job performance were explored. One unique feature of this study was the use of web-based focus group interviews with travel nurses who might otherwise be excluded from the study due to their geographic dispersion. The results of the study can inform nurse managers preparing to receive travel nurses. Application of the knowledge yielded in this study can lead to onboarding frameworks that more effectively meet travel nurses’ needs and facilitate optimal job performance in the best interest of patient safety and satisfaction.
Dr. Tuttas says of her accomplishment that “It was rewarding to create an opportunity for travel nurses to participate in a study about them. It is an honor to have my study published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, the journal in which my first manuscript was published in 2002!”
Dr. Franklin A. Shaffer, CEO of CGFNS International, Inc., lauded Dr. Tuttas’s work as a significant contribution to the literature on nursing practice. He remarked on its potential in shedding light on strengthening the onboarding experience of foreign-educated nurses in the United States to achieve better patient safety outcomes.