Date of Award

1989

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Pinkerton, Sue Ellen

Second Advisor

Wake, Madeline

Third Advisor

Olson, Gregory

Abstract

This study addressed the research question: What are the relationships between perceptions of job satisfaction and demographic, biographic, and professional variables of registered nurses employed at Army medical facilities? A descriptive study design was employed, using a survey questionnaire by Stamps and Piedmont to measure levels of job satisfaction. Eight military medical facilities were chosen at random from military hospitals within the continental United States. Fifty four percent of the registered nurses, both military and civilian, were chosen randomly from each facility. The sample was restricted to staff nurses and head nurses working in inpatient areas to include the emergency room. Fifty one percent or 253 useable surveys were returned. Study findings demonstrated the nurses were generally satisfied and that the military nurses were significantly more satisfied than the civilian nurses. Demographic, biographic, and professional variables accounted for only minimal differences within the sample. Autonomy, pay, and professional status were considered the most important aspects of work satisfaction, but the current satisfaction measurement revealed that pay was the least satisfying work component. Implications for the hospital work setting and further study were discussed.

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