Purpose: The study was done to compare emotional labor and job satisfaction for nurses working in nursing homes
and hospitals. Methods: Data were collected from surveys with questionnaires from a sample of 80 nursing home
nurses and 82 hospital nurses, and included measures of emotional labor and job satisfaction in the study
instrument. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, one-way ANOVA, and stepwise multiple
regressions with the SPSS/WIN 19.0. Results: In nursing home nurses emotional labor was positively related to
length of experience as an RN. The significant predictors of emotional labor were religion (β=.40, p<.001) and
length of experience as an RN (β=.35, p=.001) explaining 23% of the variance in emotional labor. In hospital
nurses emotional labor was negatively related to job satisfaction. The significant predictors of emotional labor were
job satisfaction (β=-.49, p<.001), and religion (β=.29, p=.002) explaining 35% of the variance in emotional labor.
Conclusion: The study results show emotional labor of nurses is influenced by the job satisfaction and religion
of nurses indicating a need to increase job satisfaction and explore religious life in order to decrease emotional
labor in nurses.