Saf Health Work.  2015 Dec;6(4):324-328. 10.1016/j.shaw.2015.07.010.

Impact of Job Satisfaction on Greek Nurses' Health-Related Quality of Life

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Public Health, University of Athens, Athens, Greece. psourtzi@nurs.uoa.gr

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Employee job satisfaction and its relationship with health and quality of life has been an issue of major concern over the past decades. Nurses experience difficult working conditions that affect their job satisfaction, health, and quality of life.
METHODS
A cross-sectional study was undertaken in three general hospitals and their respective health centers. Stratified random sampling by level of education was used, and 508 nurses and nursing assistants were included. A self-administered anonymous questionnaire, which included the Measure of Job Satisfaction, the 36-item Short Form Health Survey, as well as demographic details, education, and work conditions data, was used.
RESULTS
Greek nurses were found to be dissatisfied with their job according to the total score of the job satisfaction scale, although personal satisfaction and satisfaction with support had had higher scores. Their general health was reported as average, because of physical and mental health problems, low vitality, low energy, and increased physical pain. Multivariate linear regression analysis revealed that males and those wishing to stay in the job had higher physical and mental health. Increased job satisfaction was related to increased physical and mental health.
CONCLUSION
Although Greek nurses are not satisfied with their work, those with high levels of job satisfaction had better health-related quality of life. The findings suggest that improvement of the work environment would contribute to a healthier and more satisfied nursing workforce.

Keyword

health; job satisfaction; nursing staff; quality of life; survey
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