Job Satisfaction in Degree Seeking Registered Nurses

Khadijah Demery, Gardner-Webb University


The purpose of this study was to examine the current level of job satisfaction in degree seeking registered nurses and to determine if any relationships among job satisfaction and specific nurse characteristics (age, degree program, years of nursing experience, and time employed in current position) exist. A descriptive correlational design was used to investigate job satisfaction with Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory providing the theoretical framework. A convenience sample of 22 degree seeking registered nurses at a university in the southern United States was used for the study. Data collection took place over the course of one week in March 2014 using the McCloskey/Mueller Satisfaction Scale and a researcher developed demographic questionnaire. Data analysis was completed using descriptive and Pearson's correlation statistics. Results showed that degree seeking registered nurses were more satisfied than dissatisfied with their current positions. Results suggested that job satisfaction can be improved if nurse leaders implemented strategies to reward and praise nurses and encourage participation in research activities.