Job Satisfaction Among Registered Nurses In a Selected Area of the Southeastern United States

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Arthur R. Southerland

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research


A major concern of the health care industry during the past decade has been job satisfaction and the factors that contribute to turnover and retention in the nursing profession. This study sought to discover the relationship between the criterion variable of job satisfaction and the independent variable of job related factors. The sample consisted of 103 registered nurses of 250 respondents in Louisiana to a mailout survey that included a demographic data form and the Organization Systems Index (OSI) (Newman & Koch, 1990). Four hypotheses were generated for this study using the variables of job related factors and personal characteristic factors. Multiple linear regression was used to test all hypotheses. Specific techniques used consisted of multiple correlation and semi-partial correlation. The.05 level of significance was used as the rejection level of all tests of the hypotheses. Results of data analysis found a significant relationship between the studied variables, and therefore, the analysis led to the acceptance of two of the hypotheses. From the data it was concluded that job satisfaction was impacted positively by certain job related factors as well as personal characteristics. It appeared that personal characteristics were of value to identify nurses at risk for experiencing job dissatisfaction resulting in increasing turnover. Implications for nursing and educational administration, limitations, and recommendations for further research were also identified.