Job satisfaction among nurses: a literature review

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The current nursing shortage and high turnover is of great concern in many countries because of its impact upon the efficiency and effectiveness of any health-care delivery system. Recruitment and retention of nurses are persistent problems associated with job satisfaction. This paper analyses the growing literature relating to job satisfaction among nurses and concludes that more research is required to understand the relative importance of the many identified factors to job satisfaction. It is argued that the absence of a robust causal model incorporating organizational, professional and personal variables is undermining the development of interventions to improve nurse retention. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211 - 227
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


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