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Keywords:

  • home care;
  • job satisfaction;
  • work environment;
  • health policy

Abstract

Since 2000, Medicare-certified home healthcare agencies have undergone significant regulatory changes that directly affect registered nurses. The satisfaction of 201 nurses from 19 home healthcare agencies was examined. Home healthcare nurses reported slightly lower satisfaction than hospital nurses and were approximately 50% less satisfied than they were in 2000. Satisfaction had a negative relationship with years worked as a home healthcare nurse (r = −.25, p < .01). Controlling for years of home healthcare experience, control over practice decisions and practice setting decisions were significant predictors of satisfaction. With the demand for home healthcare nurses expected to increase 109% by 2020, development of a National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators for home healthcare that includes satisfaction as a nurse-sensitive outcome might be helpful. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 31:252–260, 2008