There are many deciding factors that go into choosing a new career. The biggest factor is whether the career is satisfying. It’s hard to tell objectively whether a career is satisfying. The subject of RN job satisfaction is popular among career scientists. There is one consistent key to keep in mind when looking at these studies: RN job satisfaction depends on many, many factors. No one factor or personal trait will make someone a good RN. No one specific work environment makes every RN happy. Ultimately, these factors are up to your own personal opinion and attitudes. On that note, the scientific research shows three main factors influencing job satisfaction levels for many RNs.

1. Working environment
2. Communication between staff
3. A sense of empowerment

Communication is Key To RN Satisfaction

The first two factors (environment and communication) come from a study in early 2000. The study sampled 834 nurses in England. According to the study.

“The analysis contributes to a growing body of evidence demonstrating the importance of interpersonal relationships to nurses’ job satisfaction. In particular, the positive contribution of the cohesiveness of ward nursing staff is highlighted, but the potential for many current NHS staffing strategies and work environments to undermine the development of cohesive working relationships is also noted.”

To put it simply, communication between nurses is important. Also, work environments and staffing strategies can undermine job satisfaction if not handled properly.

Empowered Registered Nurses Are Happy Nurses

The third factor (empowerment) came in a study published in May of 2003. The purpose of the study was to find “the relative influence of nurse attitudes, context of care, and structure of care on job satisfaction”. In other words, they wanted to find if anything made a difference for nurses on the job. The study sampled 90 nonrandom registered nurses. Check here for more information.

“The major predictor of intent to leave was job dissatisfaction, and the major predictor of job satisfaction was psychological empowerment. Predictors of psychological empowerment were hardiness, transformational leadership style, nurse/physician collaboration, and group cohesion.”