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Autonomy: an important component for nurses' job satisfaction

Int J.Nurs.Stud., vol. 38, issue 0020-7489 (Print) (2001) pp. 349-357

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This quantitative pilot study (n=178), conducted in a large Brisbane teaching hospital in Australia, found autonomy to be the most important job component for registered nurses' job satisfaction. The actual level of satisfaction with autonomy was 4.6, on a scale of 1 for very dissatisfied to 7 for very satisfied. The mean for job satisfaction was 4.3, with the job components professional status and interaction adding most substantially to the result. There was discontentment with the other two job components, which were task requirements and organisational policies. Demographic comparisons showed that nurses who were preceptors had significantly less job satisfaction than the other nurses at the hospital

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  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Australia
  • Female
  • Hospitals,Teaching
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Job Description
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Models,Nursing
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Administration Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff,Hospital
  • Organizational Policy
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Queensland
  • Questionnaires
  • Workload
  • education
  • organization & administration
  • psychology

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