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Table 1 Participant Demographic Characteristics and Work Patterns

From: Specialty cardiac nurses’ work satisfaction is influenced by the type of coronary care unit: A mixed methods study

  Overall (N = 74) Unit A (n = 23) Unit B (n = 19) Unit C (n = 16) Unit D (n = 16) p-value
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Registered Nurse 32 (43%) 6 (26%) 6 (32%) 9 (56%) 11 (69%) 0.148
Clinical Nurse Specialist 20 (27%) 9 (39%) 7 (37%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%)  
Associated Nurse Unit Manager 19 (26%) 7 (30%) 5 (26%) 5 (31%) 2 (13%)
Clinical Nurse Educator 3 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%)
Day time shifts only 6 (8%) 2 (9%) 2 (11%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 0.426
Night shifts only 3 (4%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%)  
Rotating roster (days and nights) 61 (82%) 20 (87%) 15 (79%) 11 (69%) 15 (94%)  
Permanent shifts unspecified type 4 (5%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (6%)  
Permanent days worked (a) 14 (19%) 1 (4%) 5 (26%) 7 (44%) 1 (6%) 0.006
Proportion of shifts allocated to high acuity cardiac patients
 < 25% (b) 17 (23%) 1 (4%) 7 (37%) 3 (19%) 6 (38%) < 0.001
 25–50% 13 (18%) 5 (22%) 1 (5%) 5 (31%) 2 (13%)  
 50–75% 23 (31%) 9 (39%) 10 (53%) 4 (25%) 0 (0%)  
 100% 21 (28%) 8 (35%) 1 (5%) 4 (25%) 8 (50%)  
  Median (IQR) Median (IQR) Median (IQR) Median (IQR) Median (IQR)  
Age (years) (c) 38 (30, 45) 40 (32, 45) 44 (37, 52) 34 (29, 41) 34a (26, 38) 0.012
Years qualified as RN (d) 12 (5, 20) 13 (6, 22) 21 (10, 30) 7 (4, 14) 7 (2, 15) 0.001
Years qualified as CCRN (e) 8 (4, 16) 12 (4, 20) 12.5d (8, 28) 3b (2, 5) 5.5c (3, 9) 0.002
Hours worked per week 32 (28, 38) 32 (20, 36) 32 (20, 40) 36 (31, 39) 32 (32, 40) 0.116
  1. Note: IQR Interquartile range, RN Registered nurse, CCRN Critical care registered nurse; a 3 missing data; b 4 missing data; c 8 missing data; d1 missing data. Significant pairwise comparisons between units (adjusted p-values): (a) Unit A vs Unit C (p = 0.027); (b)
  2. Unit A vs Unit D (p = 0.015), Unit A vs Unit B (p = 0.032), Unit B vs Unit D (p = 0.002); (c) Unit B vs Unit D (p = 0.032); (d) Unit B vs Unit C (p = 0.024), Unit B vs Unit D (p = 0.008); (e) Unit A vs Unit C (p = 0.030), Unit B vs Unit C (p = 0011)
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