Long-term care nurses who are empowered and frequently engaged are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, according to a study published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

A Canadian research team was able to link job satisfaction among LTC nurses with several demographic, individual and organizational factors. While work engagement and empowerment were linked to higher job satisfaction scores among nurses, emotional exhaustion (burnout) was, perhaps unsurprisingly, linked to lower job satisfaction. 

Investigators also found that LTC nurses are more likely to be satisfied with their work when provided with adequate orientations and organizational space. 

Employee retention and job satisfaction among nursing home staff members has been a top concern for providers and the federal government. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last year it would be releasing toolkits aimed at helping providers improve employee satisfaction and retention.

Researchers used responses from 756 nurses in 89 residential long-term care settings in three western Canadian provinces. 

Findings were published in the December issue of the JAMDA.