Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors that contribute to the retention of registered nurses in their first position as graduate nurses in a hospital setting
by Kalenderian, Arous, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 77; 1517705
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of the study was to determine the factors that contribute to the retention of new registered nurses in their first employment situation.

The hypothesis, which stated that there would be a positive relationship between job satisfaction and retention, was tested on 33 new RNs who worked in one community hospital. Each subject answered two questionnaires: McCloskey/Mueller Satisfaction Scale tool that categorized the sources of job satisfaction into eight subcategories and the demographic data sheet. Pearson Product Moment Correlations, t-tests, and one-way ANOVA were used as appropriate.

The results did not support the hypothesis, that retention was related to job satisfaction. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory was used to explain the findings. The overall nurse satisfaction was rated at 3.57 on a 5 point scale or at the 71.48%. The range was from 63 to 83% level. In spite of the low satisfaction level, nurses tended to stay at their first job. This was possibly due to the current adverse economic conditions of the state of California.

A closer look at the eight subscales of satisfaction tool revealed that nurses were happier with their coworkers and level of interaction with other healthcare professionals, and least happy with their lack of opportunity for decision-making and control over the work situation. Implications were made to Nursing Administration to improve the conceptual environment to help improve the work conditions of the new nurses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Huckabay, Loucine M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health care management
Publication Number: 1517705
ISBN: 978-1-267-47066-9
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