Where do the nurses with the highest job satisfaction work?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I'm curios about where the happiest nurses work and what exactly the hospital and/or units are doing to keep these nurses highly satisfied in their positions, considering the highly pressured environment we work in. For example nurse to patient ratios, work-life balance, resources, support, team work, admission/discharge nurses, etc. Looking forward to your feedback.
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  3. by   OldDude
    I think school nurses are overall the happiest. It can get busy since my patient ratio is 1 to 700 but I get a lot of time to balance it away from work, week off at thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, a week for spring break, 2 1/2 months for the summer, no weekends, nights, or other holidays. I get support from the 3 of us here in my clinic; me, myself, and I - just the way I like it!
  4. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Agree with OD
  5. by   xoemmylouox
    I feel like there is no easy way to answer this. It really depends on the person. My most enjoyable nursing job was working in a juvenile detention center. My least favorite by far has been in an inpatient acute setting. I've also enjoyed outpatient clinics, home care, and teaching.

    What makes one happy definitely won't please another.
  6. by   Emergent
    Where one has decent managers, agreeable coworkers, and the specialty that interests them. A schedule and shift that works for then is also crucial!
  7. by   Wuzzie
    The happiest nurses are the ones who have found their niche, a reasonable employer and a good work-life balance. It matters not the unit.
  8. by   Crush
    Quote from Wuzzie
    The happiest nurses are the ones who have found their niche, a reasonable employer and a good work-life balance. It matters not the unit.
    I would totally agree. The unit, place does not matter as much as whether or not you enjoy what you do and get some degree of personal satisfaction.

    No matter where you work, there will be some things you like and some things you don't.
  9. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Wuzzie
    The happiest nurses are the ones who have found their niche, a reasonable employer and a good work-life balance. It matters not the unit.
    I think this is true. And I feel like we had a very similar thread on here recently. You can't just say "cardiac surgery nurses are the happiest" across the board. They may be the happiest in my hospital but the most miserable in yours.

    As a side note, I'd be very surprised to learn that any kind of acute care position produces the happiest nurses. I think it's more likely that people who have a good work/life balance (which is hard in acute care running a 24/7 operation and constantly being called on their days off) will be the happiest.
  10. by   Avill
    I agree with nurses above. School nursing is great. The schedule works, BUT pay isn't the best. So it isn't for everybody.
  11. by   Been there,done that
    I was not "happy" until I was working from home.
  12. by   klone
    My department, because the nurses have a super faboo ultra cool boss.
  13. by   NurseCard
    Quote from Wuzzie
    The happiest nurses are the ones who have found their niche, a reasonable employer and a good work-life balance. It matters not the unit.
    This. I work in a small med surge unit. I am very happy and satisfied and plan
    on staying here forever.
  14. by   inthecosmos
    I really like the acute setting and loathed home health/case management. It's all about what makes you feel the best.

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