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Factors associated with high job satisfaction among care workers in Swiss nursing homes - A cross sectional survey study

Schwendimann, R and Dhaini, S and Ausserhofer, D and Engberg, S and Zúñiga, F (2016) Factors associated with high job satisfaction among care workers in Swiss nursing homes - A cross sectional survey study. BMC Nursing, 15 (1).

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Abstract

© 2016 The Author(s). Background: While the relationship between nurses' job satisfaction and their work in hospital environments is well known, it remains unclear, which factors are most influential in the nursing home setting. The purpose of this study was to describe job satisfaction among care workers in Swiss nursing homes and to examine its associations with work environment factors, work stressors, and health issues. Methods: This cross-sectional study used data from a representative national sample of 162 Swiss nursing homes including 4,145 care workers from all educational levels (registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and aides). Care worker-reported job satisfaction was measured with a single item. Explanatory variables were assessed with established scales, as e.g. the Practice Environment Scale - Nursing Work Index. Generalized Estimating Equation (GEE) models were used to examine factors related to job satisfaction. Results: Overall, 36.2 % of respondents reported high satisfaction with their workplace, while another 50.4 % were rather satisfied. Factors significantly associated with high job satisfaction were supportive leadership (OR = 3.76), better teamwork and resident safety climate (OR = 2.60), a resonant nursing home administrator (OR = 2.30), adequate staffing resources (OR = 1.40), fewer workplace conflicts (OR = .61), less sense of depletion after work (OR = .88), and fewer physical health problems (OR = .91). Conclusions: The quality of nursing home leadership-at both the unit supervisor and the executive administrator level-was strongly associated with care workers' job satisfaction. Therefore, recruitment strategies addressing specific profiles for nursing home leaders are needed, followed by ongoing leadership training. Future studies should examine the effects of interventions designed to improve nursing home leadership and work environments on outcomes both for care staff and for residents.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schwendimann, R
Dhaini, S
Ausserhofer, D
Engberg, Ssje1@pitt.eduSJE1
Zúñiga, F
Date: 6 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Nursing
Volume: 15
Number: 1
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1186/s12912-016-0160-8
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Nursing > Nursing
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 13:46
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28662

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