Does self-scheduling increase nurses' job satisfaction? An integrative literature review

Nurs Manag (Harrow). 2014 Sep 25;21(6):24-8. doi: 10.7748/nm.21.6.24.e1230.


Flexible work schedules give nurses the freedom and control to manage the demands of work and home, allow organisations to meet their staffing needs and can improve job satisfaction. This article reports the results of an integrative review of published peer-reviewed research and personal narratives that examined nurses' perceptions of the relationship between job satisfaction and a self-scheduling system. Results suggest that self-scheduling is one of a number of factors that influence job satisfaction, but that implementing and sustaining such a system can be challenging. The review also found that self-scheduling programmes underpin more flexible work schedules and can benefit nurses and their organisations.

Keywords: Nursing; jobs satisfaction; nurses; self-scheduling.