Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Advanced Care Management and Leadership



First Advisor

Dr. Patricia L. Hart

Second Advisor

Ms. Nancy Ballard


Purpose: To examine which types of recognition are most meaningful to critical care nurses and study the relationships of meaningful recognition with a healthy work environment and nurse engagement.

Design: A descriptive, correlational design was used for this research study.

Methods: Two hundred-two critical care nurses from an urban, teaching hospital in the southeastern US were invited to participate in the study. Data collection occurred in September and October 2014.

Results: Nurses report the most meaningful recognition is salary and schedule. However, the remaining four subscales of recognition were rated at a level between moderate and considerable and should be considered of value. A significant relationship was found between nurses' perceptions of global recognition and healthy work environments, r (74) = .510, p = < .01. Nurses’ perceptions of global recognition had a moderately, positive relationship with healthy work environments. A significant relationship was not found between nurses’ perceptions of a healthy work environment and engagement, r (74) = .101, p = .393.

Conclusion: Many forms of recognition are valuable and recognition is significant to a healthy work environment. However, motivators for engagement are more elusive and need further study.