Enferm Clin. 2019 Sep;29 Suppl 2:106-110. doi: 10.1016/j.enfcli.2019.04.016. Epub 2019 Aug 2.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the impacts of the career ladder programme on nurses’ job satisfaction.
METHOD: We did a systematic review of the literature from 2008 to 2018. Data were collected from five databases (EBSCO, ProQuest, SAGE Journals, and Science Direct), using the keywords of nursing career ladder, job satisfaction, and clinical ladder.
RESULTS: Sixteen articles were included in the review. The results showed the impacts of the career ladder system for the nurses in hospital were: (1) career advancement, (2) development of mentorship, (3) establishing an effective reward system, (4) skill and education development, and (5) awareness of duty. Development of mentorship and career advancement were shown to influence the development of nurse competency significantly.
CONCLUSIONS: Mentorship and career advancement had the largest impact on the nurses’ career ladder implementation. Nurse managers have a substantial role in improving the implementation of the career ladder in order to enhance nurses’ satisfaction.