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Job satisfaction among hospital-employed nurses Walker, Janet Helen


This descriptive study was designed to further the exploration of job satisfaction among hospital-employed nurses by using an established theoretical formulation of job satisfaction called the Job Characteristics Model (Hackman & Oldham, 1976) and a standardized tool called the Job Diagnostic Survey (Hackman & Oldham, 1980) to identify and measure job design variables and job satisfaction. Specific study questions guided investigation into perceptions of job characteristics and satisfactions among nurses, the relationship between job design variables and job satisfaction, and the relationship between selected nurse characteristics and job satisfaction. The study was conducted at three geographically dispersed acute care hospitals in British Columbia. A convenience sample of 96 full-time employed registered nurses completed a Nurse Characteristics Questionnaire and a Job Diagnostic Survey. Data were analyzed and compared to normative data using descriptive statistics. Sample data were further analyzed using Pearson's correlation coefficient and the chi-square test of association. Overall, nurses perceived their jobs to be rich in terms of importance, skill variety, and human interaction; but poor in terms of autonomy and the ability to complete a whole and identifiable piece of work. Significant relationships were identified between specific job design variables and job satisfaction. Compared to other professionals, nurses were less satisfied with the autonomy and motivating potential of their job. There was little evidence to support an association between nurse characteristics and job satisfaction.

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