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Job satisfaction, propensity to leave and burnout in RNs and RNAs: a multivariate perspective.

Authors
  • Cameron, S J
  • Horsburgh, M E
  • Armstrong-Stassen, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian journal of nursing administration
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1994
Volume
7
Issue
3
Pages
43–64
Identifiers
PMID: 7880845
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This investigation used a multivariate approach to examine similarities and differences between the job satisfaction, propensity to leave, and burnout of registered nurses (RNs) (n = 623) and registered nursing assistants (RNAs) (n = 231). At best, both groups were only moderately satisfied with their jobs, and there were no significant differences between the groups on the outcome measures of satisfaction, burnout or propensity to leave. However, RNs with more years of work experience reported highest job satisfaction, lowest levels of burnout, and were less likely to leave their positions. None of these variables were related to the length of time RNAs were employed. When comparative analyses were conducted by unit types, RNs in psychiatric settings were least satisfied with their jobs, more likely to leave their positions, and reported more burnout than did RNs in other settings. Implications of the study for interventions and future research are discussed.

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