Development and testing of an organizational job satisfaction tool: increasing precision for strategic improvements.
OBJECTIVE: This article describes the development and testing of a new instrument that measures organizational job satisfaction (OJS).
BACKGROUND: Nurse satisfaction includes 2 different types of satisfaction: OJS and professional work satisfaction. To obtain valid results, each type must be measured correctly.
METHODS: A metasynthesis of OJS was conducted from 3 sources: nurse satisfaction instruments, attributes present in recruitment advertisements, and nursing comments from a national survey. A cross-walk of these sources provided 17 consistent OJS satisfiers. A survey of 10,000 nurses identified the importance of these satisfiers.
RESULTS: Cronbach α for the scale was .85. The satisfiers were grouped into 3 categories: universally important, moderately important, and unimportant.
CONCLUSIONS: A synthesis from 3 sources, including identification of important satisfiers, provides validity for the OJS scale. The scale is a reliable and valid tool used to assess and evaluate strategies to improve the nurses' work environment.
The Journal of nursing administration
Analysis of Variance; Attitude of Health Personnel; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Health Facility Environment; Humans; Job Satisfaction; Nurse's Role; Nursing Administration Research; Nursing Methodology Research; Nursing Staff, Hospital; Organizational Culture; Professional Autonomy; Professional Competence; Qualitative Research; Salaries and Fringe Benefits; Surveys and Questionnaires; United States; Workload; Workplace
Job Satisfaction; Organizational Culture
Lacey, S. R., Teasley, S., Cox, K. S., Olney, A., Kramer, M., Schmalenberg, C. Development and testing of an organizational job satisfaction tool: increasing precision for strategic improvements. The Journal of nursing administration 41, 15-22 (2011).