9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN19 Sociology of Professions

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Changes and Continuities in the Position of Professions in Organizations Building I, Auditório 2

Nurses in elderly care: Motivation and job satisfaction

Nurses in elderly care: Motivation and job satisfaction
This paper examines motivation and job satisfaction among newly graduated nurses who work in elderly care. Graduates mainly prefer to work in hospitals and only a small proportion of newly graduated nurses choose to work in elderly care. Hospitals are assumed to provide more opportunities concerning professional development and interesting work compared to elderly care. In contrast, nurses in elderly care usually have administrative responsibility and few colleagues (same profession).
A common assumption is that professional development, interesting work and autonomy are crucial to professional workers. The main question posed in this paper is how important these factors are to nurses in elderly care? Do nurses in elderly care have different expectations concerning their professional work as nurses than nurses in hospitals?
The analysis are based upon a Norwegian longitudinal survey data (StudData) which collects information from professionals both as students and after graduation. Findings indicate only small differences in motivation between nurses in hospitals and elderly care. However, nurses in elderly care report lower job satisfaction compared to hospitals nurses.