motivational theories

  1. Nursing managers are often faced with the challenge of motivating their staff. Consider the following example:

John is a nurse who has been working on your department for nine months. He is currently half way through a mandatory six month night rotation. Last week you overheard him complaining in the hallway that he was unhappy with night shift, found it boring and had a hard time staying awake. He made one medication error a week ago which he immediately brought to the nursing supervisor’s attention and the patient was not harmed. You are concerned that his attitude made bring down the morale of other staff members and possibly affect his ability to provide patient care.

Select one of the following motivational theories. Explain the theoretical background of the theory and how it relates to nursing management. Explain how you would apply the theory to John.

Achievement-motivation theory

Expectancy Theory

Equity Theory


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