Nursing staff teamwork and job satisfaction

J Nurs Manag. 2010 Nov;18(8):938-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01153.x. Epub 2010 Oct 4.


Aim: The aim of the present study was to explore the influence of unit characteristics, staff characteristics and teamwork on job satisfaction with current position and occupation.

Background: Teamwork has been associated with a higher level of job satisfaction but few studies have focused on the acute care inpatient hospital nursing team.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 3675 nursing staff from five hospitals and 80 patient care units. Participants completed the Nursing Teamwork Survey (NTS).

Results: Participants' levels of job satisfaction with current position and satisfaction with occupation were both higher when they rated their teamwork higher (P<0.001) and perceived their staffing as adequate more often (P<0.001). Type of unit influenced both satisfaction variables (P<0.05). Additionally, education, gender and job title influenced satisfaction with occupation (P<0.05) but not with current position.

Conclusions: Results of this present study demonstrate that within nursing teams on acute care patient units, a higher level of teamwork and perceptions of adequate staffing leads to greater job satisfaction with current position and occupation.

Implications for nursing management: Findings suggest that efforts to improve teamwork and ensure adequate staffing in acute care settings would have a major impact on staff satisfaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Administration Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Nursing, Team / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / organization & administration
  • United States
  • Young Adult