Does Satisfaction Mean More Education?

Emily Nelson, Gardner-Webb University


With the current economic difficulties in the Unites States, potential and current employees seek to be very marketable, and employers pursue retention of employees. There is also a significant shortage of nurses in the United States that is predicted to grow. Job satisfaction and higher education enrollment are both significant factors to the health care industry. However, there is not ample research to support a possible link between these two topics. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to see if, by using a convenience sample of employees at a private hospital, a possible link of job satisfaction as a motivator for enrollment in higher education nursing programs could be identified. Descriptive statistics and a Pearson correlation were used to show the potential connection.