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Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction Among Long-Term Care Staff

Doran, Kelly PhD, RN; Resnick, Barbara PhD, CRNP; Swanberg, Jennifer PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: November 2017 - Volume 59 - Issue 11 - p 1109–1113
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001146
Original Articles

Objective: We assessed the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational factors that predicted job satisfaction among long-term care employees.

Methods: Baseline data were used to describe characteristics that influence job satisfaction. Using a forced linear regression model, while controlling for age and job title, we assessed if higher physical activity levels, fewer symptoms of depression, stress, and/or anxiety (ie, decreased mood), less back pain, stronger social support, and reports of low work demands were associated with higher job satisfaction.

Results: Mood (β = −0.412, P = 0.003) explained 17% of the variance in job satisfaction.

Conclusion: This information can be used to guide facility wide programs and interventions aimed at increasing job satisfaction among all long-term care staff.

School of Nursing (Dr Doran, Dr Resnick); School of Social Work (Dr Swanberg), University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.

Address correspondence to: Kelly Doran, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Maryland Baltimore, 655 W Lombard Street, Room 645D, Baltimore, MD 21201 (

Funding: This work was funded by the American Heart Association (grant # 14CRP20480034).

Conflict(s) of Interest: The American Heart Association funded this project and provided the authors (Dr Doran and Dr Resnick) the resources and time (eg, salary, coverage) to complete the project discussed as well as this manuscript. The American Heart Association provided funds to the University of Maryland and not the authors directly. The authors report no other conflict of interest.

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