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      A meta-analysis of studies of nurses' job satisfaction.

      Research in Nursing & Health
      Adult, Aged, Attitude of Health Personnel, Burnout, Professional, etiology, psychology, Cooperative Behavior, Female, Health Facility Environment, Humans, Job Satisfaction, Male, Middle Aged, Nurse's Role, Nursing Administration Research, organization & administration, Nursing Methodology Research, Nursing Staff, Personnel Loyalty, Personnel Turnover, Physician-Nurse Relations, Professional Autonomy, Risk Factors, Salaries and Fringe Benefits, Sensitivity and Specificity, Workload, Workplace

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          Although several variables have been correlated with nursing job satisfaction, the findings are not uniform across studies. Three commonly noted variables from the nursing literature are: autonomy, job stress, and nurse-physician collaboration. This meta-analysis examined the strength of the relationships between job satisfaction and autonomy, job stress, and nurse-physician collaboration among registered nurses working in staff positions. A meta-analysis of 31 studies representing a total of 14,567 subjects was performed. Job satisfaction was most strongly correlated with job stress (ES = -.43), followed by nurse-physician collaboration (ES = .37), and autonomy (ES = .30). These findings have implications for the importance of improving the work environment to increase nurses' job satisfaction.

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