The January and February issues of Health Facilities Management magazine published an article co-authored by a collaborative team of Saint Vincent College graduate students and professors.
Members of the research group included John Gnecco and Danielle Jackson who both recently graduated from the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence (MSMOE) program and worked on the articles as part of their MSMOE studies. The research team also included Dr. Thomas Cline, professor of marketing and statistics, and Dr. Michael Urick, assistant professor of management and graduate director of the master of science in management program in the McKenna School.
The articles are part of a larger research program in which the team examined the emotional well-being of housekeepers working in health care settings in comparison with other health care employees.
The researchers identified a link to housekeepers’ emotional apathy while at work which could lead to demotivation or role-based stigmas and stereotypes if they do not feel valued within the context of their work environment.
The research was initially conceived by MSMOE graduate John Gnecco who is also the director of environmental services at Excela Health and is a response to challenges he witnessed throughout his career.
MSMOE graduate Danielle Jackson aided in the data collection which consisted of creating and administering surveys to a large number of health care workers.
Cline engaged in the statistical analysis of the data and Urick aided in the writing of the articles. Both Jackson and Gnecco worked with Urick and other MSMOE graduate students on research related to stereotypes and stigmas that was published in 2015 in the Journal of Leadership and Management.
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