Investigating the relationship between Learning Motivation and Quality of Care among Clinical Nurses


1 MSN, Al-Rashad Training Hospital for Psychiatric and Mental Illnesses (Al-Shama'a), Baghdad, Iraq.

2 Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

3 Department of Community Health and Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.



Background: The motivation of nurses to improve their qualifications is essential in the healthcare delivery system. Motivating nurses toward participation in learning activities improves their knowledge, skills, and professionalism. The present study aimed to identify the learning motivation among Iranian clinical nurses and its relationship with the quality of care in health centers.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional research was conducted at five hospitals affiliated with Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in 2020. Sampling was done by the random categorical cluster sampling method, and 300 nurses were selected and completed the demographic information form, the Quality Patient Care Scale, and the researcher-made learning motivation questionnaire. Data analysis was performed by SPSS software version 25.0.
Results: The mean and standard deviation of the age of the nurses were 32.9 ± 6.2, ranging from 22 to 55 years. Most of the studied nurses were female (70.0%, 210 cases). The mean score of the nurses’ learning motivation was 104.6 ± 11.1 (out of 130). The mean score of the nurses’ quality of care scores was 204.7 ± 24.8 (out of 268). The Pearson correlation coefficient test indicated a significant linear relationship between learning motivation and quality of care in the studied nurses (p < 0.001, r = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.307-0.313).
Conclusion: Because of the direct relationship between learning motivation and quality of care, it is recommended to adopt appropriate methods for promoting nurses’ learning motivation. This may help increase the quality of care as an essential goal of nursing and the health system.