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Keywords:

  • Home Healthcare Nurses' Job Satisfaction Scale;
  • instrument;
  • job satisfaction;
  • nurses;
  • reliability;
  • validity

Aims.  This paper describes a study to further develop and test the psychometric properties of the Home Healthcare Nurses' Job Satisfaction Scale, including reliability and construct and criterion validity.

Background.  Numerous scales have been developed to measure nurses’ job satisfaction. Only one, the Home Healthcare Nurses' Job Satisfaction Scale, has been designed specifically to measure job satisfaction of home healthcare nurses. The Home Healthcare Nurses' Job Satisfaction Scale is based on a theoretical model that integrates the findings of empirical research related to job satisfaction.

Methods.  A convenience sample of 340 home healthcare nurses completed the Home Healthcare Nurses' Job Satisfaction Scale and the Mueller and McCloskey Satisfaction Scale, which was used to test criterion validity. Factor analysis was used for testing and refinement of the theory-based assignment of items to constructs. Reliability was assessed by Cronbach's α internal consistency reliability coefficients. The data were collected in 2003.

Results.  Nine factors contributing to home healthcare nurses’ job satisfaction emerged from the factor analysis and were strongly supported by the underlying theory. Factor loadings were all above 0·4. Cronbach's α coefficients for each of the nine subscales ranged from 0·64 to 0·83; the α for the global scale was 0·89. The correlations between the Home Healthcare Nurses' Job Satisfaction Scale and Mueller and McCloskey Satisfaction Scale was 0·79, indicating good criterion-related validity.

Conclusions.  The Home Healthcare Nurses' Job Satisfaction Scale has potential as a reliable and valid scale for measurement of job satisfaction of home healthcare nurses.