Description of Job Satisfaction of Nursing Educators in the State of Mississippi

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Anna Brock

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This study examined the degree of job satisfaction of nurse educators employed in undergraduate state-accredited schools of nursing in Mississippi. With the current nursing shortage and the need for faculty to educate nursing students, this research sought to identify variables contributing to job satisfaction and job dissatisfaction. The Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire and an additional demographic and open-ended narrative survey were used to gather data. The sample population was all nurse educators teaching in state accredited undergraduate nursing programs in Mississippi. The study found that the majority of participants were satisfied in their jobs. Major job dissatisfiers were pay, amount of work, opportunities for advancement, company policy, and praise. Satisfiers were steady employment, opportunities to do good for others, and the chance to use abilities. There were significant differences in satisfaction scores related to rank, degree held, instructional assignment, and intention of remaining in or leaving academe.