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This study investigated the relationship between participation in affective training and level of job satisfaction among new nurse graduates. The thirteen subjects were recent registered nurse graduates who were participating in Orientation Programs at two Nevada hospitals. Members of one orientation group received ten hours of affective training while the other group received a ten-hour lecture series. The affective training included three components: values clarification, decision making and assertive skills. The lecture series topic was team leading; Demographic data regarding age, sex, previous hospital experience, educational preparation and shift were collected on all subjects. Four weeks post-treatment, the subjects completed the Index of Work Satisfaction questionnaire. In addition to providing a Total Index of Work Satisfaction score, this instrument also provided data on level of work satisfaction related to pay, autonomy, task, interaction, professional status, Doctor-Nurse relationships and administration; Analysis of the data indicated no significant differences (.05 level) in level of work satisfaction among the two groups of new graduates. Correlation studies to determine the relationship among the variables revealed significant findings between total level of work satisfaction and the following: administration, professional status, shift worked, and previous hospital experience. Professional status was significantly correlated to educational preparation, task and shift worked. In addition, a correlation between pay and total level of work satisfaction at the .05 level was revealed; The study seems to indicate a change in the factors the new nurse graduate considers important in the work situation. Follow-up studies should be carried out to validate these findings. Subsequent strategies to increase the level of job satisfaction among new nurse graduates should take into consideration these results.


Affective; Graduate; Nurse; Orientation; Program; Training

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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