Job Satisfaction Assessment of Public Health Nurses

Authors

  • Mary D. Lucas. R.N., Ph.D.,

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    1. Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia
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  • Lillian M. McCreight. R.N., M.P.H.,

    1. Assistant Commissioner for Professional Services and State Director of Public Health Nursing
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  • Joyce G. Watkins R.N., M.N.,

    1. Associate State Director of Public Health Nursing, Division of Biostatistics of the Office of Vital Records and Public Health Statistics, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
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  • Suzanne E. Long M.P.H.

    1. Division of Biostatistics of the Office of Vital Records and Public Health Statistics, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
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Address correspondence to Mary D. Lucas, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.

Abstract

Abstract To provide empirical data for dealing with problems of low morale and high turnover in a few districts of a state public health nursing department, survey research was designed to measure the job satisfaction of the public health nurses. Questionnaires that measured satisfaction with 12 job components were received from 741 nurses for a 68 percent response rate. Top-ranked satisriers were job importance, interpersonal relations, and achievement. Lowest-ranked satisfiers were job mechanics, recognition, and salary/benefits; administrative interventions were developed to deal with these areas. High levels of job satisfaction were associated with increased educational preparation, increased age and longevity, administrative positions, and program assignment in tuberculosis or child health.

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