Few research studies have considered the demographics and age cohort characteristics of Millennials in relation to work environment stress levels. This study used explanatory correlation design and examined how and to what extent the dimensions of the psychosocial work environment influence the psychological health and job satisfaction of Millennials registered nurses at the start of their nursing careers. Millennials are the newest members of the nurse workforce and will be the future transformers of the nursing profession. The job demand–control–support job strain theoretical model was utilized in this study to examine the relationships between job demands, job control, psychological health and job satisfaction in a sample of Millennial nurses at the start of their professional careers. This study utilized the Job Content Questionnaire to collect data to examine the interplay of the independent variables job strain, job control/decisional latitude, and work related social support and the dependent variables of job dissatisfaction and depression. Documenting the stress levels and their effects on the health and job satisfaction of Millennial nurses is the first step toward the development of strategies to improve the work environments and health of registered nurses. Pearson correlations were used to analyze the variable relationships among job strain, job control/decision latitude, work related social support, job dissatisfaction and depression/life dissatisfaction for a sample of Millennial registered nurses. This research study found that Millennial registered nurses reported high levels of job strain, physical and psychosomatic symptoms, job dissatisfaction and depression within the first years of professional practice. Millennial male registered nurses reported greater levels of job dissatisfaction and perceived less social support and job control than their female counterparts. Based on the comparison of the national aggregated occupational data to the Millennial data, Millennial registered nurses are less satisfied with their jobs and have higher depression scores than the average nurse.
|Commitee:||Auten, Anne, Helfrich, Christine|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Job strain, Millennials, Registered nurse, Work environments|
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