An examination of job attitudes of white, black, and hispanic nurses in a public hospital

Melenie J. Lankau, Terri A. Scandura

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This paper reviews the literature on racial differences in job satisfaction and examines differences among whites, blacks and hispanics in job-related attitudes for a sample of nurses employed in a public hospital. Levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, turnover intentions, and job burnout were compared among the three race categories. Results indicated that significant differences existed for levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment and job burnout among whites, blacks and hispanics. Hispanics reported significantly higher job satisfaction than whites and blacks, and whites reported less organizational commitment and higher levels of job burnout than blacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-398
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration

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