Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Nursing BSN



First Advisor

Kathryn Anthony, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Communication Studies


The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on practicing nurses in the United States. The study considered the effect of communication, self-efficacy, intolerance to uncertainty, and life satisfaction on nurses’ job satisfaction; additionally, this study considered the extent to which nurses perceived organizational response efficacy was predicted by their perceptions of communication and perceived threat susceptibility. A total of 191 nurses participated in the online survey. The study revealed that life satisfaction was positively predicted by communication, self-efficacy, and life satisfaction in multiple regression analyses. Perceived communication positively predicted perceived organizational response efficacy while perceived threat susceptibility predicted an inverse relationship with organizational response efficacy. This study reveals that improving job satisfaction, even in a pandemic, can be accomplished by empowering nurses through improving job resources while minimizing job demands. The implications for the study discuss the necessity for an overhaul of nursing leadership during the COVID-19 crisis to maintain the care standard and nurse commitment.