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Nurses' perceptions of staff appraisal

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The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of qualified nurses on the implementation of staff appraisal. The sample consisted of eight nurses, varying in age, professional status and experience, within the clinical area in a hospital located in the South of England. Each participant was interviewed in depth. The unstructured interviews were then transcribed, coded and analysed in line with the strategies of grounded theory. The data yielded several important factors which require consideration by senior nurses and managers if they are to execute appraisals effectively. Contrary to expectations, the majority of participants expected, and even eagerly anticipated, the implementation of appraisals. However, several informants expressed concern that appraisals may be used against them. ‘Gaining direction and purpose’ was seen by staff as the main benefit of the appraisal from a personal and organizational point of view. Recommendations were made which might facilitate the implementation of future appraisal schemes throughout the organization.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Theatre Sister, and,

Publication date: September 1, 1996

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