Concept analysis of nurses' happiness

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Purpose: The purpose of this analysis is to examine and clarify the concept of nurses' happiness (NH), understand the different uses of the concept, explore the conditions that foster it, and consider the consequences of NH, including the phenomena that emerge as a result of NH occurrence. Organizing Framework: The author utilizes Walker and Avant's eight-stage concept analysis. Methods: Computer and manual searches were conducted of articles in the English language addressing NH from 1990 to present. EBSCO and PubMed are the electronic databases used to access literature for this paper. For both databases, the researcher has examined this new term by splitting the term nurses' happiness into its two root words, namely nurses and happiness. An inductive analysis of articles produced descriptive themes. Results: Definitions of happiness and NH are analyzed. Antecedents, attributes, and consequences of NH are described. Model, borderline, contrary, and related cases for NH are also identified. Conclusions: This concept analysis helps in the understanding of the definition of NH, the attributes that contribute to the occurrence of NH in clinical practice, as well as the consequences of NH, and how it should be measured from a nursing perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalNursing forum
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Concept analysis
  • Emotional aspect
  • Nurses' happiness
  • Work satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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