Date of Award

Summer 2009

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Bobay, Kathleen

Second Advisor

Weiss, Marianne

Third Advisor

Malin, Shelly


The purpose of this study was to determine if type of work, pay, opportunities for promotion, effective support for the nurse manager by the manager's supervisor, or coworkers' behaviors, are associated with higher levels of nurse managers' job satisfaction and to identify what outcomes of the nurse managers' work provides job satisfaction. Other factors which may influence job satisfaction, such as the type of work, pay, opportunities for promotion, and co-workers' behaviors were also explored. The sample included nurse managers at two hospitals in the Midwestern United States (n=23). Nurse managers completed surveys which included demographic data, the Job Descriptive Index (JDI), the Job in General (JIG), and an open ended question. Pearson's correlation coefficients revealed the supervisor element of the JDI had the strongest positive correlation to job satisfaction (r = .82, p= .01) which supports that effective support for the nurse manager by their supervisor is associated with increased nurse manager job satisfaction. Qualitative data revealed that managers derived job satisfaction from mentoring staff, improving staff satisfaction, and improving patient outcomes.



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