J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2011 Nov;18(4):547-555.

The Relationships of Professional Self-Concept, Professional Autonomy and Self-esteem to Job Satisfaction of Clinical Nurses

  • 1Institute for Health Science Department of Nursing, Inje University, Korea. nursmh@inje.ac.kr
  • 2Shinsegye Woman Hospital, Korea.
  • 3Busan Medical Center, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between professional self-concept, professional autonomy, self-esteem, and job satisfaction of clinical nurses. METHOD: Data were collected from a convenience sample of 289 clinical nurses who worked in one of 4 hospitals located in B City. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient, and multiple regression.
There were significant differences in job satisfaction according to marital status, current position, shift pattern, and average income. There was a significant positive correlation between professional self-concept and professional autonomy, self-esteem and job satisfaction. Job satisfaction showed a significant positive correlation with professional autonomy and self-esteem. The significant factors influencing job satisfaction were professional self-concept, self-esteem and professional autonomy, which explained 29.5% of the variance in job satisfaction.
The results of this study indicate that the important role-related variables of professional self-concept, self-esteem and professional autonomy of clinical nurses are significantly related, and that as, professional self-concept is an important factor for job satisfaction of clinical nurses, strategies to increase professional self-concept need to be developed.


Nurse; Self-concept; Professional autonomy; Self-esteem; Job satisfaction

MeSH Terms

Job Satisfaction
Marital Status
Professional Autonomy
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