The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between the level of anger and the job motivation of nurses working in a psychiatric ward. The research included 378 nurses who worked full time in inpatient psychiatric wards in 10 hospitals located in Turkey. A descriptive characteristics questionnaire, the Trait Anger-Anger Expression Scale, and a job motivation questionnaire were used as data collection tools. Psychiatric ward nurses who do not suppress their anger, who can control their anger when necessary, and who can decisively and appropriately verbalize difficult feelings such as anger and their desires have a higher level of job motivation. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.