Job satisfaction in the operating room: An analysis of the cultural competence of nurses

by Johnson, Debra A., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 120 pages; 3320535


Operating Room nurses (n = 87) were surveyed to understand the relationship between cultural competence and job satisfaction. A Cultural Competence Intervention Model for Modern Organizations was developed to explain the hypothesis that a positive linear relationship may exist. Bertalanffy's Systems Theory formed the theoretical framework for this study. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, linear regression analyses and t -tests. The Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence Among Healthcare Professionals-Revised (IAPCC-R) determined operating room nurses to be functioning at a culturally aware level. Results revealed a low positive linear relationship between cultural competence and the job satisfaction facets including pay, co-workers, supervision, and promotion opportunities (all facets but work itself) as well as for the Job in General and a total job satisfaction score, with correlation values ranging from 0.211 to 0.312 (p < 0.05). Cultural competence or awareness explained a very small portion of variance (4-10%) in job satisfaction scores. National certification in operating room nurses had no impact on this relationship. Further research is needed to determine if increasing cultural competence above an awareness level could strengthen this weak, but significant relationship and to further determine the validity of the proposed model.

AdviserJean Gordon
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsCultural anthropology; Management; Nursing; Health care management
Publication Number3320535

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