|Certified Pediatric Nurses' Perceptions of Job Satisfaction
Janet Wyatt and Margaret Harrison
The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board surveyed a national sample of 1354
hospital-based certified pediatric nurses (CPNs®) to determine their perceptions
of certification on job satisfaction and other factors. There is a substantial body
of literature that demonstrates job satisfaction among nurses positively increases
retention and reduces absenteeism and burnout. CPNs® seek certification for
a personal sense of achievement, professional recognition, and validation of clinical
competency. The certified nurse survey respondents had self-reported high
levels of job satisfaction and indicated that relationships with colleagues and a
supportive work environment were very important to their levels of job satisfaction.
The results of this study highlight important factors for hospitals to consider
as they plan strategies and cost-effective ways to positively affect patient care
and retain qualified pediatric nurses at the bedside.