The level of job satisfaction and its relation to midwives' subjective quality of life
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Akademia Techniczno-Humanistyczna / University of Bielsko-Biała, Bielsko-Biała, Poland (Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu / Faculty of Health Sciences)
Ostravská Univerzita v Ostravě / University of Ostrava, Czech Republic (Lékařská Fakulta, Ústav Ošetřovatelství a Porodní Asistence / Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing and Midwifery)
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Beata Babiarczyk   

Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu, Akademia Techniczno-Humanistyczna, ul. Willowa 2, 43-300 Bielsko-Biała
Med Pr Work Health Saf. 2014;65(1):99-108
Background: According to the so called Transactional Model of Quality of Life, job satisfaction is a part of subjective well-being. The aim of this study was to explore the relationships between professional commitment, expressed as job satisfaction or dissatisfaction, consideration of leaving the profession or/and workplace, and subjective assessment of well-being among midwives working at hospitals. Materials and Methods: The study was a part of the international research project, coordinated by the University of Ostrava. The group of respondents consisted of 176 midwives working at selected hospitals in the Silesian region. The study was conducted using the method of diagnostic survey, questionnaire techniques and standardized research tools, such as McCloskey/Mueller Satisfaction Scale (MMSS), Personal Wellbeing Index-Adult (PWI-A) and Subjective Emotional Habitual Wellbeing Scale (SEHP). Results: The overall midwives' job satisfaction was found to be at a medium level. Respondents less satisfied with various aspects of work (interaction, co-workers, professional opportunities, praise/recognition, control/responsibility) and life (standard of living and achievements in life) were significantly more often considering changing their jobs. Dissatisfaction with the extrinsic rewards (salary, vacation, benefits package) had additionally influenced the frequency of considering changing the profession. The respondents were characterized by much lower sense of present and future security than that observed in Western countries, as well as by low satisfaction with standard of living and feeling part of the society. Conclusions: Job satisfaction and subjective well-being remain in strong relationship, and although it is difficult to determine the direction of these relationships, they seem to have a significant impact on each other. Med Pr 2014;65(1):99–108
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