Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study of nurse practitioner job satisfaction in Alaska
by Brady, Jenny R., M.S., University of Alaska Anchorage, 2013, 92; 1549820
Abstract (Summary)

A quantitative, descriptive research study was conducted to discover the factors that affect advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) job satisfaction in Alaska. ANPs have proven to be a cost-effective solution for addressing the national healthcare provider shortage. In order to recruit and retain ANPs, health care administrators and employers must understand the factors influencing job satisfaction.

The Misener Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale (MNPJSS) and a researcher-developed demographic questionnaire were mailed to 555 Alaska ANPs who met inclusion criteria. Data collected were input into SPSS 21 and scored as directed by Misener and Cox (2001). The overall mean Summed Satisfaction score was calculated along with the overall mean Ranked Satisfaction (RS) score and the overall mean RS score for each factor. Instrument reliability was tested with an overall Cronbach's alpha of 0.97. The five MNPJSS items contributing to high ANP job satisfaction scores were determined along with the five items contributing to lower scores. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the demographics of the sample population.

Research revealed that participants were minimally satisfied to satisfied with their job. They were most satisfied with their ability to practice autonomously, with a significant correlation between self-employed ANPs in independent practice and job satisfaction. They were least satisfied with their intrapractice partnership and collegiality. Additional research is needed to further enhance healthcare administrator and employer ability to improve Alaska ANP job satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Janke, Jill
Commitee: O'Malley, Maureen, Tarrant, Dianne
School: University of Alaska Anchorage
Department: Nursing Science
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Alaska, Job satisfaction, Nurse practitioner
Publication Number: 1549820
ISBN: 978-1-303-62884-9
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