Prestige: Key to Job Satisfaction for Community Health Nurses


Address correspondence to Jan Riordan, R.N., St. Mary of the Plains College, Division of Nursing, 1121 South Clifton, Wichita, KS 67218.


Abstract By examining and predicting dimensions of job satisfaction of community-based nurses, this study sought to provide information for recruiting and retaining community nurses. Data were collected from a sample of 104 community health, school health, and home health nurses. Prestige had the highest positive correlation with and was the single significant predictor of job satisfaction. Three other subscales, autonomy, social interaction, and organizational requirements, correlated with job satisfaction as moderately positive. Weak positive relationships were found with years of work, years on the job, age, and years of education. Pay was not associated with job satisfaction for these nurses.