Researching the job satisfaction of migrant critical care nurses in Saudi Arabia

Rani Shatnawi, Ahmad Saifan, Mohammed AlBashtawy, Salam Bani Hani

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Background: Nurses’ job satisfaction is a crucial component of a safe and efficient healthcare environment.
Aim: To understand the level of job satisfaction among migrant nurses working in intensive and critical care in Saudi Arabia.
Method: This study used a quantitative descriptive design. A total of 421 migrant nurses working in intensive and critical care units in two teaching hospitals in Saudi Arabia completed a questionnaire based on the McCloskey/Mueller Satisfaction Scale.
Findings: Participating migrant nurses had moderate levels of job satisfaction overall, except for salary, holiday allowance and maternity leave, which attracted low satisfaction scores, and nursing peers, which attracted a high satisfaction score. There were no statistically significant differences in job satisfaction scores according to demographic variables except marital status, with a significantly higher job satisfaction among married respondents.
Conclusion: Promoting job satisfaction among nurses could improve the efficiency and quality of nursing care. There is a range of strategies that can be used to enhance nurses’ job satisfaction, including improving working conditions and promoting career development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Management
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024


  • clinical
  • critical care
  • high dependency care
  • management
  • nurses’ wellbeing
  • professional
  • professional issues
  • staff attitudes
  • ward environment
  • ward organisation


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