Individual and Environmental Factors Associated with the Job Satisfaction and Retention of Navy Medical Hospital Corpsmen Serving with the U. S. Marine Corps,
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF
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Job satisfaction and willingness to volunteer for additional duty with the Marine Corps were assessed on 298 male Navy Hospital Corpsmen HMs after they had served with the Marine Corps for approximately eleven months. Those individuals who were satisfied with their jobs were more likely to have been satisified initially with their assignment to the Marine Corps, to have had higher scores on the Comrey Social Conformity, Activity, Emotional Stability, and Empathy scales, and to have performed better during field medical service training than HMs who were not satisfied with their jobs. When the influence of work setting on job satisfaction was considered, it was found that HMs working in primary care facilities e.g., Battalion Aid Stations were more satisfied with their jobs than HMs who were working in facilities which provided little opportunity for patient contact e.g. Medical Battalions. Overall, the findings of this study have suggested that current guidelines used in selecting HMs for Marine Corps duty should be revised and that greater emphasis should be placed upon developing a cadre of HMs who have found the Marine Corps environment to be congruent with their needs and lifestyle.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations