Factors influencing job satisfaction of oncology nurses over time

Greta Cummings, Karin Olson, Christy Raymond-Seniuk, Eliza Lo, Elmabrok Masaoud, Debra Bakker, Margaret Fitch, Esther Green, Lorna Butler, Michael Conlon


In this study, we tested a structural equation model to examine work environment factors related to changes in job satisfaction of oncology nurses between 2004 and 2006. Relational leadership and good physician/nurse relationships consistently influenced perceptions of enough RNs to provide quality care, and freedom to make patient care decisions, which, in turn, directly influenced nurses’ job satisfactionover time. Supervisor support in resolving conflict and the ability to influence patient care outcomes were significant influences on job satisfaction in 2004, whereas, in 2006, a clear philosophy of nursing had a greater significant influence. Several factors that influence job satisfaction of oncology nurses in Canada have changed over time, which may reflect changes in work environments and work life. These findings suggest opportunities to modify work conditions that could improve nurses’ job satisfaction and work life.

Key words: job satisfaction, oncology nursing, physician-nurse relationships, structural equation modelling

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