Nursing higher education mergers: Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

Amita Avadhani


Merger as an organizational change has the potential to create turmoil, unrest, and uncertainty among the employees. Despite the shortage of nursing education workforce, global economic hardships have brought on a recent increase in nursing higher education mergers. The focus on integrated operations of the newly merged organization can burden all involved. Financial and business survival factors can create an unintentional oversight of the employee feelings. Nursing education faculty and administrator’s quality of work lives are related to their performance, which ultimately determines organizational performance. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to evaluate the influence of a nursing higher education merger on the quality of work lives of faculty and administrators. Principal results of this research revealed that faculty and administrators perceived the influence of the nursing higher education merger to be negative in the beginning with a transition to a positive influence over 5 years. Challenges in this merger were related to cultural integration and the magnitude of work required for operationalization. Exact timing of transition of the negative influence to positive was not established and needs further research. These results have implications on the nursing higher education institutions planning future mergers. Nursing education leaders must utilize strategies to address the quality of work life factors during the nursing higher education mergers. Implications of maintaining quality of work lives during an organizational change has the potential to address the nursing and nursing education workforce issues.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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