Job satisfaction among hospital nurses: A longitudinal study

C. S. Weisman, C. S. Alexander, G. A. Chase

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Data from a two-wave panel study of staff nurses in two hospitals are used to assess the relative importance of several types of independent variables as determinants of job satisfaction. Both organizational and nonorganizational determinants are examined, with the former including both perceptual and structural measures. Job satisfaction is measured in two ways using both Overall and Multi-Facet indicators. The independent variables were measured five months before the dependent variables were measured in order to attenuate contamination problems. Findings indicate that perceptions of job and nursing unit attributes, particularly autonomy and task delegation, predict satisfaction most strongly. In addition, a nurse's own characteristics are found to be more important than either structural attributes of nursing units or job characteristics in predicting job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-364
Number of pages24
JournalHealth Services Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


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