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Experience of Job Satisfaction in Clinical Nurses : Application of Focus Group Methodology* Lee, Byoung Sook1)․Kang, Sung Rye2)․Kim, Hae Ok3) 1) Professor, College of Nursing, Keimyung University 2) Full-time Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Kkottongnae Hyundo University of Social Welfare 3) Instructor, Department of Nursing, Masan College Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of job satisfaction in clinical nurses. Methods: Data was collected from three focus groups composed of 17 hospital nurses. Each focus group had an interview for an average of two and a half hours with the guidance of researchers. The main question was “how do you describe your lived experience of job satisfaction as a clinical nurse?” Qualitative data from the field notes and transcribed notes were analyzed using a grounded theory methodology developed by Strauss and Corbin. Results: The core category of experience of job satisfaction in clinical nurses was identified as “Finding success.” Supportive interpersonal relationships and environment affected this category. In the process of attaining job satisfaction through finding success, the participants were using four interactional strategies such as giving meaning, finding self-esteem, extending the horizon of life, and strengthening self-capability. The dimensions of job satisfaction in clinical nurses were the sense of achievement, stability, and pride. Conclusion: The results of this study yields very useful information for nursing mangers to design a program which enhances job satisfaction of clinical nurses based on interactional strategies.


Experience of Job Satisfaction in Clinical Nurses : Application of Focus Group Methodology* Lee, Byoung Sook1)․Kang, Sung Rye2)․Kim, Hae Ok3) 1) Professor, College of Nursing, Keimyung University 2) Full-time Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Kkottongnae Hyundo University of Social Welfare 3) Instructor, Department of Nursing, Masan College Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of job satisfaction in clinical nurses. Methods: Data was collected from three focus groups composed of 17 hospital nurses. Each focus group had an interview for an average of two and a half hours with the guidance of researchers. The main question was “how do you describe your lived experience of job satisfaction as a clinical nurse?” Qualitative data from the field notes and transcribed notes were analyzed using a grounded theory methodology developed by Strauss and Corbin. Results: The core category of experience of job satisfaction in clinical nurses was identified as “Finding success.” Supportive interpersonal relationships and environment affected this category. In the process of attaining job satisfaction through finding success, the participants were using four interactional strategies such as giving meaning, finding self-esteem, extending the horizon of life, and strengthening self-capability. The dimensions of job satisfaction in clinical nurses were the sense of achievement, stability, and pride. Conclusion: The results of this study yields very useful information for nursing mangers to design a program which enhances job satisfaction of clinical nurses based on interactional strategies.


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Nurse, Job satisfaction, Focus group* This work was supported by the research promoting grant from the Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center in 2004.