Downs presents ER research to Sigma Theta Tau

February 28, 2014

By Jennifer Cundiff ’16

According to research by Rachel Downs BSN ‘12 MSN ‘13, registered nurses who had strong support systems at home also had the highest level of job satisfaction. Downs presented her research at Bradley’s Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Epsilon Epsilon Chapter brunch February 8.

Downs and Jill Bressner BSN '12 MSN ‘13 surveyed registered nurses in emergency rooms across the U.S. to analyze how factors such as work environment, stress and social support affected job satisfaction. They found 76 percent of those surveyed indicated some level of job satisfaction, with support systems correlating to job satisfaction levels.

“Family, friends, managers, and colleagues were all listed as support systems by the surveyed nurses,” Downs said. “Social support systems allow nurses to deal with their daily stresses, which they found helpful.”

The research, suggested and advised by Dr. Deb Erickson, was funded through a grant from the local Epsilon Epsilon chapter.

When asked if she would continue research, Downs said if she were to continue research and further education, she would most likely look into other research opportunities.

Downs currently works on OSF St. Francis Medical Center’s oncology floor. She complimented Bradley faculty for helping her advance her career.

“Bradley's programs and excellent nursing staff have helped me be the nurse that I am today and strive to be in the future,” she said.

“My teachers helped me with my resume and job search,” she said. “While in my MSN program, Dr. Cluskey also helped me write a short article that was published about being an oncology nurse.”

As a nurse leader and safety coach, Downs has worked to exemplify the core values of nursing at Bradley and in the future she hopes to return to Bradley as a clinical instructor.