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Faithful or faith full?: an exploration of the impact of religiosity on nurses' job satisfaction
Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies
v, 40 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 29-33). "Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Psychiatric Nursing."
Objective: The objective of this research study was to explore the relationship between religiosity and job satisfaction and turnover intention among actively practising registered nurses in Ontario. Background: Job satisfaction is a widely understood work construct, and clarifying its relationship to religiosity would be a significant step toward understanding and theorizing about religiosity and work. Given the limited research examining the impact of nurses’ personal religious or philosophical orientations on their work, it is important to examine this concept as it relates to job satisfaction; what is the effect of religiosity on job satisfaction? Problem Statement: The inability of some hospitals to retain nursing staff can threaten the adequacy of healthcare delivery as well as increase personnel and healthcare costs. The task of increasing the retention of registered nurses, both in the workplace and in the profession, is necessary to address the current and impending nursing shortage. Moreover, decreasing nurse turnover could also decrease healthcare costs, increase staff satisfaction, and maintain safer patient care. Healthcare settings require a combination of interventions to retain new and experienced staff. Canadian healthcare and nursing organisations in particular have recognized the seriousness of the nursing shortage and called for measures to help resolve these issues. Many factors are involved when examining job satisfaction and staff retention, one of which is the construct of spirituality. Spirituality in the workplace has a positive influence on nurses’ organizational citizenship behaviour and organizational commitment, noting that this perspective can attract employees attempting to find meaning in their work and interconnectedness with other staff. Hypothesis: Higher levels of religiosity will be associated with higher levels of job satisfaction. Purpose: The purpose of this research was to compare job satisfaction, between registered nurses who identify as being religious with those who do not. To examine if religiosity increases job satisfaction and explore turnover intention within this group of nurses. Methods: A non-experimental research design using a correlational method survey of nurses who provided a self-report using a questionnaire was utilized. The questionnaire used the Duke Religious Index to examine religiosity and the Job in General scale to examine job satisfaction. Turnover intention was measured using a one item questionnaire. Data collection utilized a convenience sample.
Nurses--Religious lifeNurses--Job satisfaction
Brandon UniversityFaculty of Health Studies