Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between demographic and employment variables of job satisfaction among emergency nurses
by Belflower, Keri E., D.Ed., University of Phoenix, 2012, 184; 3647981
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative correlational research study was to determine if a relationship exists between employment variables such as employment experience and salary and demographic variables such as age, gender, and ethnicity and the job satisfaction of emergency nurses. The study employed Stamps’ Index of Work Satisfaction Part A and Part B questionnaires and inferential and descriptive statistical testing such as one-way ANOVAs, Spearmen correlations, logistic regression analyses, and distribution and frequency. Findings revealed that the job satisfaction attributes of pay and autonomy were most influential to increasing emergency nurses' job satisfaction, while the least important factors to the emergency nurses’ job satisfaction were professional status and organizational policies, with all of the six attributes of job satisfaction illustrating statistically significant correlation ( p < .05), with the exception of pay and interaction. The strongest correlation was between satisfaction with pay and satisfaction with autonomy (p = .69), while the weakest correlation was between professional status and pay (p= .33). The findings also revealed that 2% of the study sample intended to leave emergency nursing in two years, 21% intended to leave within the next five years, and 11% intended to leave employment within the current organization within the next two years. Organizational and professional retention was more likely among those respondents in the lower and upper age groups (20-30, 60+) and those with increased experience (11+ years). The sample consisted of 100 emergency nurses who possessed current Emergency Nurse Certification through the Emergency Nurses Association, and were employed within emergency departments at acute care hospitals located in the state of Georgia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gazarra, Kevin
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Curriculum and Instruction
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Labor relations
Keywords: Emergency nurses, Job satisfaction, Nurse dissatisfaction, Nursing
Publication Number: 3647981
ISBN: 978-1-321-42226-9
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