Workload, Job Satisfaction and Quality of Nursing Care in Italy: A Systematic Review of Native Language Articles

Nicola Serra, Stefano Botti*, Assunta Guillari, Silvio Simeone, Roberto Latina, Laura Iacorossi, Martina Torreggiani, Monica Guberti, Giancarlo Cicolini, Roberto Lupo, Angela Capuano, Gianluca Pucciarelli, Giampaolo Gargiulo, Marco Tomietto, Teresa Rea

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Nursing research is rapidly increasing, yet contributions from numerous countries that may interest the international nursing community are impeded because many research articles are published in authors’ native language and not in English. The objectives of this work were to systematically review papers published in Italian related to job satisfaction and the quality of nursing care, and to discuss their findings in light of the international literature. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) method was used. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Indice della Letteretura Italiana di Scienze Infermieristiche (ILISI) databases were consulted for eligible studies published from January 2015 to November 2022. Two hundred sixteen papers were identified, 11 of which were selected for review: 8 on job satisfaction, two on workload issues, and 1 on quality of nursing care. The quality of included studies was assessed through the Effective Public Health Practice Project quality assessment tool (EPHPP). The results of our review were in line with those of international literature, and they can help to fill the knowledge gap on the quality of nursing performance in Italian care settings. In addition, the proposed method can provide further elements of discussion among literature providers and reviewers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2573
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2023

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