Background: Research indicates that the work environment in healthcare is under pressure, and furthermore that work environment factors are associated with job satisfaction.

Aims: The aim was to investigate how nurses employed in emergency departments and trauma centers perceived their work environment and if there were any differences in job satisfaction between these two types of departments. Second to investigate factors that may be associated with positive job satisfaction.

Methods: 525 nurses were invited to participate. Work environment and job satisfaction was measured by the validated questionnaire: The Danish Psychosocial Work Environment Questionnaire (DPQ).

Results and conclusion: In total 304/525 (58%) nurses participated in the survey. No significant difference in job satisfaction between the two types of departments was found.

In general nurses from emergency departments rated the quality of their work environment higher than nurses from trauma centers; however, only a few findings were significant.

The strongest predictor for job satisfaction was recognition and wellbeing.

Keywords: emergency nurse, job satisfaction, questionnaire, hospitals, work environment