Professional identity of allied health staff associated with a major health network organizational restructuring

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Abstract

Maintenance of professional identity, particularly during periods of organizational restructuring, is critical within modern complex healthcare systems as professional identity contributes to the psychological well-being of staff and leaders. This study aimed to evaluate change in professional identity of allied health staff associated with a major health network organizational restructuring in Australia. Data were collected from allied health staff in 2017 and 2019, before (n = 226) and after (n = 197) the restructuring. An online questionnaire including the 10-question Brown's Group Identification Scale that considers the strength of professional identity of the individual with their own professional group was used. Professional identity of allied health staff was high before and after the organizational restructuring, although several individual statements, and overall professional identity, declined significantly post-restructuring. It was difficult to attribute these changes solely to the restructuring due to some differences in demographic characteristics between the two cohorts. Future studies should seek to understand the effect of other workplace factors on the professional identity of allied health staff. Further research could also investigate allied health professional identity to understand its importance within contemporary healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • allied health profession
  • organizational change
  • organizational models
  • professional identity
  • social psychology

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