The Paradox of Falling Job Satisfaction with Rising Job Stickiness in the German Nursing Workforce between 1990 and 2013

20 Sep 2017

A researcher at MBRU Dr. Mohamad Alameddine, Director of the Strategy & Institutional Excellence, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Hohenheim, conducted a study that explored the job satisfaction in the German nursing workforce between the period of 1990 and 2013. The study explores data from the German Socioeconomic Panel, which was compiled for a total of 24-years.

As the lead author, Dr. Alameddine’s work signifies that Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) has the capacity to analyze human resources needs and trends at the UAE and the region.

In a nutshell, the study reports a direct relation between nurses’ job satisfaction and their job retention or stickiness. The study explores proper planning and management of the nursing labor market necessitates the understanding of job satisfaction and retention trends.

The objectives of the study were to identify trends in, and the interrelation between, the job satisfaction and job retention of German nurses in the 1990–2013 period using a flexible specification for job satisfaction that includes different time periods, and to also identify the main determinants of nurse job stickiness in Germany, as well as test whether these determinants have changed over the last two decades.

The study’s connection to the UAE is illustrated in two ways. The first is methodological, as it exhibits the utility of linked and longitudinal databases and calls for a national collaboration to consolidate human resources data for analyses that would support evidence based decision making in the health sector. The second message relates to carrying out similar examinations in the UAE to better understand the determinants of recruitment and retention trends for a multi-national health workforce.

The full study is available online, to read more visit: 



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