In the current healthcare climate, retaining our workforce has become increasingly important. Even more so the retention of leadership has become even more crucial, as the need to have leaders guide the profession during tenuous and difficult times is now even more apparent. Looking at ways hospital organizations can potentially increase their retention of leaders, which would assist in the retention of their staff, would be instrumental in easing labor shortage and therefore improve the quality of care. There has been a great deal of research that has shown that gratitude plays a significant role in a person’s attitude, such as job satisfaction. These studies have included all disciplines and industries, including healthcare, but few focused on nurse leaders. The purpose of this study is to see if there is a significant relationship between gratitude and job satisfaction in nursing leadership.
Tammy P. Aiken, DNP, RN, SANE, is the Service Line Director of Emergency and Trauma Services of the Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, New York. She is also currently serving as Director of Critical Care at Bassett Medical Center. She earned her diploma of nursing (St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Syracuse New York); her BSN (Western Governors University, Utah) and her MSN in Nursing Leadership and Organization (Western Governors University, Utah); and her DNP in Executive Nursing Leadership (Case Western Reserve University).
From 1992-1996 she served as President of the Central New York Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association. She became one of the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in Central New York and was instrumental in training and educating the first SANEs in upstate New York.
When she served as Director of Critical Care and Emergency Services at Guthrie at Cortland Medical Center from 2014-2020 she developed and opened a pediatric child abuse evaluation center in partnership with the Child Advocacy Center of Cortland County. This center, called “The S.A.F.E Place” (Sexual Assault Forensic Exams,) provided a forensic evaluation post assault for those pediatric victims of chronic and non-acute sexual assaults. Ms. Aiken has evaluated and cared for over 200 children in this center since its opening. In her entire career she has provided care to over 500 sexual assault victims.
Ms. Aiken is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the American Nurses; Association, New York Organization for Nursing Leadership and Sigma Theta Tau International.