Understanding consequences of the work environment on staff well-being and care delivery in qualified nurses

Stress levels in nursing remain high and have the potential to increase as the work environment of the nurse becomes more complex. My own research, based upon Karasek’s (1979) Job Demand, Job Control model suggest that decisional control is a key issue in determining well-being at work.  Work-based support is also thought to have positive effects on staff well-being and to protect the quality of care they provide.  Potential PhD projects in this area could relate to the following

  • Developing measures of demand and control that better reflect the care environment of nurses.
  • Developing a complex intervention to improve control perceptions in nurses
  • Understanding the complex effects of support at work from nurse colleagues and nurse managers on mood and performance.

Embedding real time data collection approaches within the PhD project

Proessor Jones is particularly interested in understanding how the healthcare environment affects the mood of nurses as they support patient need.  Other areas of research interest include supporting self-management in long-term conditions and measuring patient experience and interest from prospective PhD students in these areas is also welcome. 


Professor Martyn Jones