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J Nurs Manag. 2010 Nov;18(8):938-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01153.x. Epub 2010 Oct 4.

Nursing staff teamwork and job satisfaction.

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  • 1National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, Division of Intramural Research, Bethesda, MD, USA. bkalisch@umich.edu

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of the present study was to explore the influence of unit characteristics, staff characteristics and teamwork on job satisfaction with current position and occupation.

BACKGROUND:

Teamwork has been associated with a higher level of job satisfaction but few studies have focused on the acute care inpatient hospital nursing team.

METHODS:

This was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 3675 nursing staff from five hospitals and 80 patient care units. Participants completed the Nursing Teamwork Survey (NTS).

RESULTS:

Participants' levels of job satisfaction with current position and satisfaction with occupation were both higher when they rated their teamwork higher (P<0.001) and perceived their staffing as adequate more often (P<0.001). Type of unit influenced both satisfaction variables (P<0.05). Additionally, education, gender and job title influenced satisfaction with occupation (P<0.05) but not with current position.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results of this present study demonstrate that within nursing teams on acute care patient units, a higher level of teamwork and perceptions of adequate staffing leads to greater job satisfaction with current position and occupation.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT:

Findings suggest that efforts to improve teamwork and ensure adequate staffing in acute care settings would have a major impact on staff satisfaction.

PMID:
21073567
PMCID:
PMC2994317
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01153.x
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