Registered nurse job satisfaction and satisfaction with the professional practice model
Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2012
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Nursing research in theory and practice - is implementation the missing link? Issue editors: Elisabeth Severinsson and Kristin Akerjordet
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 260–265, March 2012
How to Cite
McGLYNN, K., GRIFFIN, M. Q., DONAHUE, M. and FITZPATRICK, J. J. (2012), Registered nurse job satisfaction and satisfaction with the professional practice model. Journal of Nursing Management, 20: 260–265. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01351.x
- Issue online: 1 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2012
- Accepted for publication: 3 November 2011
- job satisfaction;
- practice environment;
- professional practice model;
- registered nurse
mcglynn k., griffin m.q., donahue m. & fitzpatrick j.j. (2012) Journal of Nursing Management20, 260–265 Registered nurse job satisfaction and satisfaction with the professional practice model
Aims This paper describes the initial assessment of job satisfaction and satisfaction with the professional practice environment of registered nurses working on units where a professional practice model was implemented and the relationship between these two variables.
Background The nursing shortage has been linked to overall job satisfaction and specifically to nurses’ satisfaction with the professional practice environment. Initiatives to increase retention and recruitment and decrease turnover have been linked to work satisfaction among nurses.
Methods A descriptive, cross-sectional design was used with participants (N = 101) from four patient care units; this represented a 55% response rate.
Results The nurses were moderately satisfied with the professional practice environment but had overall low job satisfaction. There was a significant negative relationship between overall work satisfaction and satisfaction with the professional practice environment (P < 0.0001).
Conclusions The introduction of the professional practice model may have raised awareness of the components of job satisfaction that were not being met. Thus, the nurses may have become more knowledgeable about the potential needs in these areas.
Implications for nursing management Nurse managers and leaders must recognize that job satisfaction consists of many dimensions, and each of these dimensions is important to nurse retention. Implementation of a professional practice model may heighten awareness of the missing components within a practice environment and lead to decreased overall satisfaction. A broader understanding of characteristics associated with increased satisfaction may aid in development of organizational change necessary to retain and attract nurses.