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Job satisfaction of Australian nurses and midwives: A descriptive research study

Skinner, Virginia, Madison, Jeanne and Harris, Judy Humphries (2012). Job satisfaction of Australian nurses and midwives: A descriptive research study. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing,29(4):19-27.

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Title Job satisfaction of Australian nurses and midwives: A descriptive research study
Author Skinner, Virginia
Madison, Jeanne
Harris, Judy Humphries
Journal Name Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Publication Date 2012-08
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 4
eISSN 1447-4328
Start Page 19
End Page 27
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Language English
Abstract Objective
To assess factors linked with job satisfaction of Australian nurses and midwives.
Descriptive survey.
Public hospital, aged care facility and community health centres.
A total of 562 enrolled and registered nurses and midwives were selected by convenience sampling when they
attended professional conferences. The return rate was 41.4 per cent. A sample size of 550 was used to calculate
overall results for job satisfaction.
Main outcome measure
Factors contributing to nurses’ and midwives’ job satisfaction.
The majority (96%) of this sample of nurses and midwives were moderately or highly satisfied with their work and
this was not diminished by experiencing moderate amounts of work‑related stress. Factors positively related to high
levels of job satisfaction were 1) enjoying their current area of practice; 2) feeling well‑suited to the particular type of
work; 3) wanting to stay in their current area of practice; and 4) having no intention of leaving the profession.
For this group of professionally engaged nurses and midwives, enjoying their work and perceiving themselves as
well‑suited to it were the major contributory factors for job satisfaction. The finding that nurses and midwives are
dealing with moderate effects of stress does not reflect as job dissatisfaction. This finding is important because it
challenges existing belief that stress may be a cause of job dissatisfaction.
Keywords Nurses
Job satisfaction
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