Author Credentials

Miriam James-Scotter

BN (Hons), RN

School of Nursing

The University of Auckland

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

The University of Auckland

Private Bag 92019

Auckland 1142

021 2611 490


Dr Lixin Jiang


Senior Lecturer, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

School of Psychology

The University of Auckland


Associate Professor Cameron Walker

BSc, MA, MSc, PhD

Department of Engineering Science

The University of Auckland


Dr Stephen Jacobs

PhD, DipTchg, BA

Senior lecturer

Programme Lead, the Nurses Thriving at Work Programme

School of Nursing

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

The University of Auckland



Objectives: This study aims to explore the value, validity and viability of implementing a daily job satisfaction tool in the operating room setting (OR).

Sample and setting: A daily one-minute survey was developed and trialled with 269 OR staff members (123 nurses) over a three-week period within one New Zealand hospital.

Method: A feedback and validation survey was then administered to staff one week following the trial.

Results: The trial resulted in 569 tool submissions. A daily average of 71% of participants (69% nurses) reported feeling ‘pretty good’ or ‘great’ about their jobs, with ‘relationships and communication with colleagues’ most influential for both a positive and negative day at work. Findings also supported the validity of the tool and highlighted strengths and areas for improvement.

Conclusion: The results of the study provide initial support for the value and feasibility of implementing a daily job satisfaction measurement tool in the OR setting. A daily satisfaction measure has the potential to be a powerful tool for perioperative nursing managers at all levels enabling active measurement and management of nurse job satisfaction from an interprofessional perspective.

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