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M Chow1
Tung Wah College, Hong Kong

Quality of nursing work life (QNWL) refers to the extent to which nurses are
satisfied with personal and working needs through participating in the workplace
while achieving the goals of the organisation. Improvements in the quality of
work life are associated with improved commitment and productivity of
employees. However, research on the QNWL of nurses working in hospitals in
Hong Kong is limited.

To explore how hospital nurses in Hong Kong rate the quality of their work life.
Sample: A convenience sample of 75 hospital nurses participated in this study.
Measurements: A modified Brooks’ Quality of Nursing Worklife Survey
consisting of 39 items belonging to the 4 defined subscales (work life/home life,
work design, work context and work world) of the original questionnaire,
customised to the Hong Kong context and validated by a panel of five experts,
was used for data collection.

Descriptive statistics, item summary statistics, total scale and subscale scores,
and one-way analysis of variance were computed. Findings suggested that the
work life of the respondents was adversely affected by heavy workload,
inadequate time to do their job well, little energy left after work, rotating
schedules, inability to participate in decisions made by nurse
manager/supervisor, and not being recognised for accomplishments. More
positively, the majority of the respondents were satisfied with teamwork,
relationship with their co-workers, assistance from supporting staff, availability of
on-job training, and the amount of salary. In general, respondents had a
slightly higher than average score on the QNWL questionnaire and no
significant differences were found among the demographic variables and the
overall and subscale scores.

Nurses’ concerns about their work life remain unresolved and plans to improve
the quality of work life are important to improve both individual and
organizational performance.

HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives Vol. 8, No. 2 (2015) Special Issue