Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2021 Feb;30(1):1-9. 10.5807/kjohn.2021.30.1.1.

Impact of Nurse Practice Environment, Coworker Support, and Work-Life Balance on Job Satisfaction for Newly Graduated Nurses

  • 1Professor, College of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea
  • 2Professor, Department of Nursing, Daedong College, Busan, Korea
  • 3Lecturer, College of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea


The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of nurse practice environment, coworker support, and work-life balance on job satisfaction for newly graduated nurses.
This study used a cross-sectional design, and the participants were 118 registered nurses who acquired license within the last 1 year and were working in hospitals. They completed questionnaires through online survey systems. Data were collected from June to July 2019 and were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, Pearson’s correlation coefficients, and multiple stepwise regression using IBM/SPSS 26.0 for Windows program.
The mean job satisfaction was 2.66±0.70 points on a 5-point scale. Multiple stepwise regression revealed that factors affecting job satisfaction of nurses included age ( β=.18, p=.014), nurse practice environment (β=.28, p<.001), coworker support ( β=.26, p=.002), and work-life balance ( β=.29 p<.001), and these variables explained 39.1% of job satisfaction.
These findings indicate that it is necessary to enhance nurse practice environment, coworker support, and work-life balance to improve job satisfaction among newly graduated nurses. These results can be used to help nurse managers develop related policies and retention programs for newly graduated nurses.


Job satisfaction; Professional practice; Social support; Work-life balance; Nurse
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