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ORIGINAL PAPER
 
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The mediating role of nurses’ professional commitment in the relationship between core self-evaluation and job satisfaction

Ivana Barać 1, 2  ,  
Nada Prlić 2,  
 
1
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia (Faculty of Medicine)
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Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia (Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health, Nursing Department)
3
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia (Faculty of Economics)
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the degree to which it is possible to predict job satisfaction in hospital nurses based on core self-evaluation and the nurses’ professional commitment. Psychological constructs of nurses’ professional commitment could predict a level of job satisfaction. Material and methods: A cross-sectional design was applied. Data were collected between April 2016 and November 2016 from 584 nurses of the University Hospital Osijek. Core Self-Evaluation Scale (CSES), Job Satisfaction Survey (JSS) and Nurses' professional commitment scale (NPCS) were administrated to the study participants. Confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to test the validity of each questionnaire. Structural equation modeling was used to test the prediction of nurses’ professional commitment and core self-evaluation on job satisfaction. Nurses’ professional commitment is variable, which functions as a mediator between predictor (CSE) and criterion variable (JS). As a mediator, it explains what the effect is, provided that correlations between all variables are significant. Results: The correlation analyses reveal significant positive correlations between job satisfaction and core self evaluation (r = 0.441, p > 0.001) and also between job satisfaction and nurses' professional commitment (r = 0.464, p > 0.001). Furthermore, core self evaluation significantly and positively correlates with nurses' professional commitment (r = 0.402, p > 0.001). The results showed that nurses' professional commitment mediates the relationship between core self evaluation and job satisfaction. Bootstrap analysis showed that core self evaluation partially mediated the relationship between nurses’ professional commitment and job satisfaction ( β = 0.78, p < 0.001**). The indirect effects of core self evaluation on job satisfaction through nurses' professional commitment was also significant (β = 0.17, p < 0.001**). Conclusions: Nurses who are more committed to their work, regardless of the structure of personality, have greater satisfaction in their work.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Ivana Barać   
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health, Nursing Department, Crkvena 21, HR-31000, Osijek, Croatia
eISSN:1896-494X
ISSN:1232-1087