Multifactor examination of nursing job satisfaction: a cross sectional survey in a tertiary hospital, Qatar

  • Badriya Khalifa Al Shamari Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
  • Johncy Paulose Hamad Medication Corporation, Qatar
  • Christine Ou
  • Emmanuel Ngwakongnwi
Keywords: job satisfaction, nurses, autonomy, Work environment, salary, benefits, quality patient care.


Objectives: This study examined overall job satisfaction among nurses in a tertiary hospital setting in order to understand the relationship between job satisfaction in terms of four dimensions: autonomy, work environment, incentives, and perception of quality of patient care.

Methods: A cross sectional study of 435 nurses at Rumailah Hospital, Doha, Qatar was conducted using a validated Nursing Work Index-Revised questionnaire. Stepwise multiple linear regression was conducted to examine predictors of nursing job satisfaction.

Results: The study included 435 respondents, 68.2% of whom were hired from abroad. Mean age of respondents was 38.42±8.96. Most were female (87.1%), educated to degree level (50.6%), were married (84.5%), and work at the staff nurse level (84.1%). A majority (65.8%) of respondents had over five years of experience at current job. Overall, a greater proportion of respondents (53.3%) rated satisfaction with current job above 5, on a 10 point scale. Nurses from abroad tended to have higher ratings of job satisfaction compared to locals.  There was no statistically significant difference in mean job satisfaction score by practice area (t=4.467, p =.0.139).

Conclusion: Expat Nurses tended to rate job satisfaction higher than those hired locally.  Incentives (including financial and non-financial benefits) was a significant predictor of nursing job satisfaction. Autonomy and contract type were additional statistically significant predictors of job satisfaction, after adjusting for confounders.  

Author Biographies

Badriya Khalifa Al Shamari, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
Director of Nursing, Nursing Department, Rumailah Hospital, Qatar.
Johncy Paulose, Hamad Medication Corporation, Qatar
RN, Rumailah Hospital.
Christine Ou
Nursing Instructor, University of Calgary in Qatar
Emmanuel Ngwakongnwi
Research Grants Officer & Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary­ in Qatar


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Al Shamari, B. K., Paulose, J., Ou, C., & Ngwakongnwi, E. (2015). Multifactor examination of nursing job satisfaction: a cross sectional survey in a tertiary hospital, Qatar. International Journal of Nursing, 4(1), 11-21. Retrieved from
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