Nurses’ perception of ethical climate and job satisfaction


The high turnover of nurses has become a universal issue. The manner in which nurses view their organization's ethical climate has direct bearing on their job satisfaction. There is little empirical evidence confirming a relationship between different sorts of ethical climate within organizations and job satisfaction in Iran.
The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between nurses' perception of ethical climate and job satisfaction in the Teaching Hospital of Kerman University of Medical Sciences.
A descriptive analytical design was used in this study. The sample consisted of 275 nurses working in 4 hospitals affiliated with the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. The instruments used in this study included a demographic questionnaire, Ethical Climate Questionnaire (ECQ), and Job Satisfaction Scale (JS). Data analysis was carried out using Pearson's correlation, one-way ANOVA, T-test and descriptive statistic through Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS), version 16.
Across the five dimensions of ECQ the highest mean score pertained to professionalism (mean = 13.45±3.68), followed by rules climate (mean = 13.41±4.01), caring climate (mean = 12.92±3.95), independence climate (mean = 11.35±3.88), and instrumental climate (mean = 8.93±2.95). The results showed a positive correlation among ethical climate type of: professionalism (p=0.001), rules (p=0.045), caring (p=0.000), independence (p=0.000) with job satisfaction, and no correlation was found between instrumental climate and job satisfaction.
The result of this research indicated a positive correlation among professionalism, caring, rules, independence climate and job satisfaction. Therefore managers of hospitals can promote nurses' job satisfaction by providing ethics training programs that establish a working team and a culture that strengthens team spirit among nurses.

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Borhani F, Jalali T, Abbaszadeh A, Haghdoost AA, Amiresmaili M. Nurses’ perception of ethical climate and job satisfaction. J Med Ethics Hist Med. 2012;5.