Elements of workforce diversity in Japanese nursing workplace

Yasuyuki Yamada*, Motoki Mizuno, Teruko Shimizu, Yuji Asano, Takumi Iwaasa, Takeshi Ebara

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Movement of diversity management (DM) is gradually spreading in Japanese hospitals. However little has been discussed about the effectiveness of DM in organizational ergonomics domains. Hence, this case report aimed to extract the elements of workforce diversities in Japanese nursing workplace. We conducted a semi-structured interview to four nurses with enough career to response the interview. Three were administrative nurses (male = 1, female = 2) and one was non-administrative nurse (male = 1). As the results, twelve elements of diversities with narrative evidences were extracted; (1) Seniority, (2) Career, (3) Age, (4) Gender, (5) Nationality, (6) Role orientation, (7) Employment pattern, (8) License, (9) Personality, (10) Disability, (11) Family, (12) Benefit package. According to their interviews, their workplace has been received the diversities of seniority, career, age, gender, employment pattern, disability, family and benefit package. On the other hand, they regarded the acceptance of license, personality, nationality and role orientation diversities as future issue. These diversity elements may be key points for the practical DM in Japanese nursing organization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social and Occupational Ergonomics -Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics
EditorsRichard H.M. Goossens
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319416878
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
Duration: 2016 Jul 272016 Jul 31

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWalt Disney World


  • Diversity management
  • Nursing
  • Organizational ergonomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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