The NDNQI-adapted index of work satisfaction

Roma Lee Taunton, Marjorie J. Bott, Mary L. Koehn, Peggy Miller, Ellen Rindner, Karen Pace, Carol Elliott, Katherine J. Bradley, Diane Boyle, Nancy Dunton

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The valid measurement of nurses' job satisfaction is critical because job satisfaction is important for the retention of qualified nurses to provide patient care in hospitals. Two studies were conducted to adapt the Stamps Index of Work Satisfaction (1997b) to measure work satisfaction at the patient care unit level for use by the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI). In Study 1 (n = 918 RNs) exploratory factor analysis of data obtained using the NDNQI-Adapted Index replicated the conceptual dimensions of the Stamps measure. Associations with scores on Job Enjoyment were evidence that the Index measured the intended construct. Using theta, the reliability of the composite subscales was .91. The adapted Work Satisfaction subscale scores explained 46% of the variance in Job Enjoyment, with each subscale contributing uniquely (p < .001). In Study 2 (n = 2277 RNs) confirmatory factor analysis using structural equation modeling supported the 7-subscale structure for the Adapted Index (CFI [719] = .88; RMR = .05). Replication of associations between scores on the Index subscales and Job Enjoyment provided further evidence regarding validity of the data, since the Work Satisfaction subscales explained 56% of the variance in Job Enjoyment. The feasibility of using an on-line version of the Adapted-Index for data collection was demonstrated. The findings from the two studies indicate that the adapted Index of Work Satisfaction has a structure similar to the original instrument and is a reliable and valid measure of work satisfaction at the patient care unit level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-122
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of nursing measurement
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004


  • Internet data collection
  • Job enjoyment
  • Nurses
  • Work satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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