OBJECTIVE: Nowadays, people need the determination and use of professional values in every area. In parallel with the rapid progress of scientific and technical developments, the continuous change and development that has emerged in the healthcare field also accompanied some value problems. This research was carried out in order to examine the effect of professional values on job satisfaction in nursing.
MATERIAL AND METHOD: This descriptive type of research was conducted on 191 nurses who volunteered to participate in the study among nurses worked in a public hospital in 2010 (n=448). The data were collected using a questionnaire (21 questions), Nurses Professional Values Scale and Minnesota Job Satisfaction Questionnaire. The data were evaluated in the SPSS 20.0 package software. Average, percentage, Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal Wallis and Pearson correlation tests were used in the analysis of the data.
FINDINGS: The average age of the nurses was 36.00ï¿½7.44. 65.4% of the nurses were married and 31.4% had children. The average working years of the cases were 14.57ï¿½8.24 years and 73.8% of them worked as a clinical nurse. The total score of the cases on professional values scale was 116.37ï¿½19.34 and the sub-dimension scores were action (17.86ï¿½3.72), responsibility (25.23ï¿½5.19), human dignity (41.81ï¿½7.46), autonomy (15.71ï¿½3.01) and safety (15.74ï¿½3.01), respectively. The intrinsic satisfaction score of the cases was 36.17ï¿½8.34, the extrinsic satisfaction score was 21.04ï¿½6.43 and the general job satisfaction score was 57.21ï¿½13.70. Cases' all sub-dimension scores and total score in professional values scale affected intrinsic satisfaction and general job satisfaction scores (p<0.05). The intrinsic satisfaction, extrinsic satisfaction and general job satisfaction scores of the cases were affected by age, the manner of work and task (p<0.05).
CONCLUSION: Professional values affect job satisfaction in nursing. It is thought that the development of knowledge and attitude about the professional values among the cases will increase the job satisfaction.
Key words: Nursing, professional values, job satisfaction
Author(s): Nevin UTKUALP, Nevcihan KECECÄ°, Aylin Pallos, Ozlem GURER, Hicran YILDIZ