According to the Marcia’s theory of identity states, this work aims at analyze the processes of definition and transition of professional identity of a group of nurses from Emilia Romagna, studying the connection between professional identity and both organizational variables, such as the perception of regulatory changes, and working motivations and job satisfaction. Through a cross-sectional study, questionnaire was distributed to 838 nurses working in five different public hospitals. The questionnaire measured: 1) professional identity statuses, 2) working motivations, 3) job satisfaction, 4) perception of the importance of the regulatory changes. Results indicate that nurses with identity achievement status have higher job satisfaction, higher motivation and perceive regulatory changes as more important than other nurses. Results suggest that health care organizations should promote educational programs that are oriented to improve, along with professional knowledge and knowhow, also professionals’ awareness about "how to be" nurses.
Keywords: Professional identity, nursing, job satisfaction, motivation.
Giuseppe Marletta, Luca Caricati, Tiziana Mancini, Rachele La Sala, Giulia Pelosi, Monica Ampollini, Anna Fabbri, Anna Ricchi, Marcello Scardino, Giovanna Artioli, Leopoldo Sarli, Nursing profession: identity’s transitions and job satisfaction in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 2/2014, pp. 139-157, DOI:10.3280/PDS2014-002009