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Job satisfaction among masters in nursing in Central and East Poland: a preliminary study

Aneta Brayer, Mary Foley, Halina Doroszkiewicz, Jacek Jamiołkowski, Ludmiła Marcinowicz

Family Medicine & Primary Care Review 2017; 19(1): 7–11
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Background. The number and qualifications of medical professionals are a significant element of quality of health care and may be used in its evaluation.

Objectives. The aim of the present work was to determine factors contributing to job satisfaction among master’s-prepared nurses in Central and East Poland.

Material and methods. This cross-sectional study included 272 masters of nursing graduates employed at hospitals in Central and East Poland. The data were collected in 2013 using the Misener Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale.

Results. Masters prepared nurses reported high levels of satisfaction concerning interactions with immediate superiors, interactions with other nurses, peer recognition, and social contacts with colleagues both during and after work. They reported a sense of accomplishment and feeling appreciated for their work. Nurses with a specialized role and a managerial position reported greater satisfaction. Low satisfaction ratings were attributed to limited opportunities for professional development, such as support for continuing education and involvement in nurse–patient research. Lowest satisfaction ratings were attributed to: retirement benefits; compensation for services performed outside of normal duties; monetary bonuses; and reward distribution.

Conclusions. Work-related interpersonal relationships and professional accomplishment contributed most to job satisfaction among advanced degree nurses. Compensation and limited professional development opportunities were primary sources of dissatisfaction. Nurses’ high dissatisfaction was associated with career longevity.

job satisfaction, nurses, Misener Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale

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