2021, Cilt 8, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 223-230
A Qualitative Study on the Motivations of Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses
Mukaddes DEMİR ACAR1, Elif BULUT2
1Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik, Tokat, Türkiye
2Arş. Gör., Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik, Trabzon, Türkiye
Keywords: Intensive care, motivation, newborn, nurse, qualitative research

Aim: This study was carried out to determine nurses' motivations working in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a university hospital.

Material and Methods: The research was conducted qualitatively with ten neonatal intensive care nurses between May and June 2020. The data were collected through one-on-one interview technique. During the interviews, a semi-structured interview form was used, and an audio recording was made. The data obtained from the interviews were evaluated with the qualitative content analysis method.

Results: The average age of the nurses participating in the study is 26, the average working year in the NICU is 4.5 years, and all of them are women. As a result of the content analysis of the in-depth interviews with NICU nurses, two main themes were revealed. It was determined that the first theme was “Success” and sub-themes were baby love, experience, recovery, and the second theme was “Management” and sub-themes were family, team, and workload.

Conclusion: It was determined that nurses' love of babies and showing signs of improvement of babies increase their motivations, but the problems caused by the team, communication, and workload difficulties reduce their motivations. It is recommended to adopt teamwork to minimize these difficulties and system-related issues.