Job Satisfaction among Nurse Educators of Private Universities in the West Bank, Palestine

Rana Kamel Abu Shareeha
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Al-Quds University
Job satisfaction is an attitudinal issue that expresses the employees' feelings and attitudes toward their work-life, and job dissatisfaction reflects the problems of the occupational or personal status of the employee. Job satisfaction is a worker’s sense of achievement and success on the job, which is generally perceived to be directly linked to productivity, as well as to personal well-being. A key ingredient that leads to recognition includes; income, promotion, and the achievement of other goals that lead to a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. A direct effect on the success of the organization is the satisfaction of employees with their jobs. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of job satisfaction of selected Palestinian nursing faculties in West Bank and to determine if there is a statistically significant difference among them. Faculty responses to statements about job satisfaction were collected using a survey/questionnaire within a quantitative study design. The research focused on nursing faculty members currently teaching at the BSN level-nursing program a Al-Quds University, Birzeit University, Al-Najah University, Arab American University, Hebron University, and Bethlehem University. Along with demographic data, the Nursing Faculty Satisfaction Questionnaire (NFSQ) (Martin, 1991) was employed in this study. Of the total 200 questionnaires e-mailed to nursing faculty, 45 (22.5%) were returned. The findings revealed that there was significant relationship between job satisfaction level and workload, job benefits, Job Characteristics, Years of experience as a registered nurse or as nurse educator. The results also indicated there is no relationship between job satisfaction level and age, gender, salary, marital status. Recommendations included replicating the study with a national sample to enhance generalizability; controlling for variables such as role strain, work environment, and personality factors; using a qualitative approach for studying job satisfaction; and conducting a meta-analysis of job satisfaction studies among university faculty. Further recommendations included comparing job satisfaction of nurse educators and nurses in the service sector, nurse educators employed in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs, and part-time and full-time nurse educators. Additional recommendations were to investigate relationships between job satisfaction of nurse educators and student success to nursing and between job satisfaction of nursing education administrators and nursing faculty, job satisfaction.