Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2014 Dec;17(2):81-89. 10.7587/kjrehn.2014.17.2.81.

Influence of Job Stress and Professional Self-concept on Job Satisfaction among Nurses in Rehabilitation Units

  • 1Wooam Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, College of Life Science and Natural Resources, Sunchon National University, Suncheon, Korea. eunko@sunchon.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to define the relationships between job stress, professional self-concept, and job satisfaction among nurses in rehabilitation units and to identify factors that influence job satisfaction.
This study surveyed 240 nurses working at the rehabilitation units of 10 hospitals located in G City. To collect the data, nurses' job stress, the professional self-concept of nurses instrument (PSCNI), and the Korean-Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (K-MSQ) were used. The data were analyzed through t-tests, ANOVA, Pearson's correlation coefficient, and multiple regression using the SPSS/WIN 18.0 program.
The scores for job stress, professional self-concept, and job satisfaction were 3.34+/-0.61, 72.36+/-8.64 and 3.17+/-0.39, respectively. Job satisfaction and job stress showed a low-level negative correlation with statistical significance (r=-.13, p=.042), whereas a medium-level positive correlation was found between job satisfaction and professional self-concept (r=.46, p<.001). Job stress, professional self-concept, total career length and size of working hospital explained approximately 25.8% of job satisfaction (F=17.52, p<.001).
Considering the results in this study, it is necessary to develop a practical educational program to establish positive professional self-concept for nurses in rehabilitation units. Such efforts must be supported by clinical nursing administrations through policies aimed at reducing job stress and increasing job satisfaction.


Job stress; Professional self-concept; Job satisfaction; Rehabilitation; Nurse
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