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Job satisfaction among immigrant nurses in Israel and the United States of America

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  • M. Itzhaki RN, PhD,

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    1. Lecturer, Nursing Department, School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
    2. Senior Teacher, Ziva Tal Academic School of Nursing, Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel
      Michal Itzhaki, School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel; Tel: 972-3-6407175; Fax: 972-3-6409496; E-mail: itzhaki2@012.net.il.
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  • E. Ea DNP, RN, BC, CEN,

    1. Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY, USA
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  • M. Ehrenfeld RN, PhD,

    1. Associate Professor, Head of School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
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  • J.J. Fitzpatrick RN, PhD, FAAN

    1. Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
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  • Conflict of interest: No conflict of interest declared.

Michal Itzhaki, School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel; Tel: 972-3-6407175; Fax: 972-3-6409496; E-mail: itzhaki2@012.net.il.

Abstract

ITZHAKI M., EA E., EHRENFELD M. & FITZPATRICK J.J. (2013) Job satisfaction among immigrant nurses in Israel and the United States of America. International Nursing Review60, 122–128

Aim:  The aim of this study is to examine perceptions of job satisfaction among immigrant registered nurses (RNs) in Israel and the USA.

Background:  Former Soviet Union (FSU) RNs in Israel and Filipino RNs in the USA make up the majority of the immigrant nursing workforce in their host countries. However, little is known about their perception of job satisfaction.

Methods:  Data were gathered using the Index of Work Satisfaction Scale among 71 FSU RNs recruited from three different courses in baccalaureate and master's degree programmes at a central Israeli university, and 96 Filipino RNs attending a national convention hosted by the Philippine Nurses Association of America. The required sample size was obtained by means of the WINPEPI COMPARE2 program, used to determine power and sample size for comparisons of two groups in cross-sectional designs.

Findings:  The findings show that FSU RNs perceived pay and professional status as important, although they were least satisfied with pay. For Filipino RNs, organizational policies and interactions were most important and they were least satisfied by task requirements. Although the average length of residence in the host country was similar in the two samples, significant differences were found between FSU and Filipino RNs in selected demographic variables and components of job satisfaction.

Conclusions:  Different characteristics of immigrant RNs affect their distinct perceptions of job satisfaction. As successful adjustment of international immigrant RNs to their workplace could enhance perceptions of job satisfaction, nursing managers should support professional advancement of immigrant RNs through mentorship and educational programmes. There is a need to conduct longitudinal studies among international immigrant RNs in order to better understand changes in their job satisfaction over time and contributing factors.

Study Limitations:  Generalization of the findings is limited, because a convenience sample was used to recruit FSU and Filipino immigrant RNs.

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