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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2010 Mar;31(3):160-70. doi: 10.3109/01612840903168729.

The role of the inpatient psychiatric nurse and its effect on job satisfaction.

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  • 1University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94117, USA.


This study recorded the amount of time 73 nurses working on inpatient psychiatric units spent on specific functions during a shift. The nurses also rated the amount of time they actually spent on the functions versus the amount of time they ideally would like to spend. Nurses spent only 2.18 minutes per shift teaching symptom management, and close to 2 hours on paperwork. Correlations between time spent in specific functions and job satisfaction indicate that nurses who spent more time with direct patient care were more satisfied. The results offer insight for increasing job satisfaction and retention/recruitment efforts.

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