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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Education

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College of Nursing

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Julia Aucoin

Second Advisor

Linda A Evans

Third Advisor

Leslie H Nicoll

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Information about technostress is scant in the nursing literature even with the ubiquitous amount of technology used in thehospital setting as well as the Big Five personality traits. The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of technostress among hospital nurses and to examine the relationship between technostress and nurses’ personality traits measured by the Big Five Inventory -- openness to experience, consciousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism (OCEAN). The Technostress Creator instrument developed by Tarafdar, Tu, Ragu-Nathan, and Ragu-Nathan (2007) was utilized to identify the percentage of technostress in the five subscales of techno-overload, techno-invasion, techno-complexity, techno-insecurity, and techno-uncertainty. The Big Five Inventory (BFI) by John, Donahue, and Kentle, (1991) was utilized to identify thenurses’ primary personality trait. The research design was guided by Lazarus and Folkman’s Transactional Model of Stress and Coping ([TMSC], 1984) and how the Big Five may influence technostress creators. The study was non-experimental design and a convenience sample of n=157 surveys from nursing working with Electronic Health Records (EHR) on a daily basis. The study findings revealed nurses have the highest technostress in job insecurity and neuroticism related positively to technostresswhile conscientiousness was negatively. This study fills a gap in the nursing literature that establish nurses have a high technostress perception and the personality traits that may lend itself to that end.




technostress, techno-creators, techno-inhibitors, Big Five, Five Factor Model



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