Perceived ethnic discrimination and job satisfaction amongst mental health nurses of color in Venezuela


      • Mental health nurses of color in Venezuela present low levels of job satisfaction.
      • Lower satisfaction levels at work are correlated with higher levels of perceived ethnic discrimination.
      • Policymakers in Venezuela must consider ways to protect mental health nurses of color from suffering ethnic discrimination.


      Venezuela's social and economic crisis of the past eight years has had an impact on healthcare services. However, because Venezuela has traditionally been thought to be a country with low levels of racism, it has been assumed that mental health nurses' satisfaction is the same across ethnic groups. The present study tests that hypothesis. Results come out showing that, as compared to whites, mental health nurses of color in Venezuela have lower levels of job satisfaction, and higher levels of perceived ethnic discrimination. Results also show that amongst mental health nurses of color in Venezuela, perceived ethnic discrimination and job satisfaction are negatively correlated.


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