Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Faculty Perspectives on Factors Impacting Work as Nurse Educators
by Shockness, Sharon, Ed.D., Walden University, 2015, 117; 3714181
Abstract (Summary)

Job dissatisfaction among nursing faculty could have a significant impact on nursing faculty retention and student enrollment in nursing programs. The purpose of this qualitative instrumental case study was to gain insight into the perspectives of faculty members who teach nursing education in a university program. This study used Herzberg, Mausner, and Snyderman’s motivation-hygiene theory to explore employee satisfaction and dissatisfaction in the workplace. The research question focused on the perspectives of nursing educators and challenges they face. Data were collected through individualized interviews with 15 nurse educators, using open-ended questions and reviewing relevant documents. The data were analyzed by sorting and highlighting the participants’ responses and using codes to categorize and develop themes. Six overarching themes (expectations, motivations, benefits, job fulfillment, challenges, and job dissatisfaction) and 3 subthemes (remuneration, excessive workload, and funding for advancing education, recruitment, and mentoring) emerged. These themes and subthemes identified critical aspects of job satisfaction that may help nursing faculty and nursing administrators strengthen the positive and diminish the negative aspects of the job for greater faculty satisfaction. Nursing leaders and health care administrators can use these findings to bring awareness to the nursing education community by creating realistic goals that address job satisfaction, retention, and recruitment of nursing faculty. These changes will improve student enrollment and increase the number of nurses available to provide quality care throughout the nurses’ respective communities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Alkins, Kimberley
Commitee: Englesberg, Paul, Hanson, Amy
School: Walden University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Nurse faculty shortage, Nursing education, Nursing faculty
Publication Number: 3714181
ISBN: 9781321912920
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