Nursing without caring?

  • We know that existing professions in the health care sector value work environment and job conditions to a great extent. However, we are also witnessing an expansion of new roles into the health care sector, many of which substitutie the tasks of existing professions. This may be efficient, in that it releases professionals’ time. However, there is little understanding of what motivates these new professions in entering or remaining in these newly created roles. This study tries to evaluate the preference structure of one of these new staff groups, surgical technologist, through examining the preferences of trainees, defined over a number of attributes, in this group. The DCE study covers 80% of the target population. The results show a vigorous disfavour towards any perceived nursing job characteristics such as caring activities, hierarchical work environment or shift types. The results inform policy makers and hospital manager about the importance to focus not only on the nursing profession but also to take into account the existence of a group of people who is willing to work within the health care system however, associated with strong preferences against nursing activities, especially caring. Implementing and further development of new and specialised profession through reallocating former nursing tasks- should be considered while coping with labour shortage.

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Author:Katharina Maria Saunders, Christian Hagist, Alistair McGuire, Christian SchlerethORCiD
Subtitle (English):a discrete choice experiment about job characteristics of German surgical technologist trainees
Series (Serial Number):WHU – Working Paper Series in Economics (WP 19/02)
Publisher:WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Place of publication:Vallendar
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2019/05/22
Date of first Publication:2019/05/22
Publishing Institution:WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Release Date:2019/05/22
Tag:Arbeitskräftemangel; Berufspräferenzen; Diskretes Entscheidungsexperiment; Fachkräftemangel; Gesundheitswesen; Spezialisierter Gesundheitsberuf; Spezialisierung
DCE; Discrete Choice Experiment; Healthcare sector; Job preferences; Labour shortage; Specialised health care profession
Page Number:17, [10]
Institutes:WHU Economics Group / Chair of Intergenerational Economic Policy
JEL-Classification:C Mathematical and Quantitative Methods / C9 Design of Experiments / C90 General
C Mathematical and Quantitative Methods / C9 Design of Experiments / C93 Field Experiments
I Health, Education, and Welfare / I1 Health / I18 Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J Labor and Demographic Economics / J0 General / J08 Labor Economics Policies
J Labor and Demographic Economics / J3 Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs / J30 General
Licence (German):Copyright for this publication