Job satisfaction of community nurses working with people with a mental handicap


Dr K Parahoo Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing University of Ulster, Coleraine, Londonderry BT52 ISA, Northern Ireland


There is a dearth of studies on the job satisfaction of community nurses, especially those working with people with a mental handicap, in the United Kingdom This paper reports on some of the data gathered as part of a survey of community nurses (mental handicap) (CNMH) in Northern Ireland in 1992 A 25-item questionnaire was sent to all 50 CNMH The response rate was 72% The results showed that most of these CNMH rated then- level of satisfaction as high or very high Additionally, they identified a number of factors which contributed to then- job satisfaction and/or dissatisfaction These findings have implications for theory building, methodology and nursing practice