Investigating the Relationship Between Critical Thinking Disposition and Job Satisfaction Among Critical Care NursesAfife Betül Çengel, Elif Ateş, Esra Uğur
Objective: This research aims to examine the relationship between critical thinking disposition and job satisfaction among critical care nurses. Materials and Methods: The research data were obtained from 104 nurses working in critical care units (i.e., adult, pediatric, newborn, cardiovascular surgery, coronary) as well as other healthcare personnel working with the nurse staff and serving as nurses, all of whom agreed to participate the research while working in a training and research hospital. The research data were gathered using the author-developed sociodemographic survey form, Marmara Critical Thinking Dispositions Scale and Nurse Job Satisfaction Scale and analyzed using the program Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 21.0). Results: Of the participants, 74% are female (n=77), 69.2% are between the ages of 21-29 (n=72), and 34.6% are married (n=36); at the same time, 94.2% of the participants are nursing graduates (n=98). The intensive care nurses participating in the research (n=104) were found to have a mean score on the Marmara Critical Thinking Disposition Scale of 4.22 out of 5 (SD=0.48). The average of their job satisfaction scores was 3.76 out of 5 (SD=0.45). The participants were found to have high critical thinking levels and moderate job satisfaction levels. Conclusion: The study has determined the intensive care nurses with sufficient critical thinking disposition levels to also have increased job satisfaction. Many of the sub-scales that determine individuals’ critical thinking disposition and job satisfaction have been determined to affect each other positively. The results from this research have been found to be compatible with a study conducted outside of Türkiye on this subject.