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Translation and Adaptation of an Instrument to Measure Nurse Job Satisfaction

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This article adapts an instrument that measures nurses' job satisfaction in the Mexican context. The readapted instrument was the Overall Job Satisfaction (OJS) Questionnaire (Warr, Cook, & Wall, 1979). The questionnaire was translated and adapted to the Spanish language by the back-translation method. The translated version was evaluated in a final sample of 293 Mexican nurses. Internal consistency and construct validity were examined, and the psychometric properties of the translated instrument were good. The obtained results showed that the translated OJS consistently measures the concept of interest for the study. The translated OJS was easily understood by the respondents and did not present difficulty during the interviews. The Spanish version of the OJS is a valid instrument to assess nurses' job satisfaction in Mexican culture.

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Este artículo adapta un instrumento que mide la satisfacción de las enfermeras al contexto mexicano. El instrumento readaptado fue el Cuestionario de Satisfacción Laboral (Warr, Cook, & Wall, 1979). El cuestionario fue traducido y adaptado al idioma español a través del método de traducción-retraducción. La versión traducida fue evaluada en una muestra final de 293 enfermeras mexicanas. La consistencia interna y la validez de constructo fueron evaluadas, las propiedades psicométricas del instrumento fueron buenas. Los resultados obtenidos muestran que el instrumento traducido mide de manera consistente el concepto de interés para el estudio. La versión traducida fue fácilmente entendida por los participantes y no se presentó ningún problema durante las entrevistas. La versión en español del OJS es un instrumento válido para medir la satisfacción laboral de las enfermeras en el contexto mexicano.
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Keywords: JOB SATISFACTION; RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS; RESEARCH TRANSLATION; TRANSLATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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