Term of Award

Fall 1991

Degree Name

Master of Nursing

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

M. Christine Talmadge

Committee Member 1

Charlene M. Hanson

Committee Member 2

Rebecca Ryan

Abstract

This study of 83 nurses in an 87-bed rural southeast Georgia hospital examines the relationships between personal characteristics, job-related characteristics, factors of job satisfaction, autonomy, and job retention. The nonexperimental descriptive survey findings indicate that personal characteristics (e.g., age, nursing education, marital status) do not provide strong predictors of job retention. Work satisfaction and autonomy correlated negatively with indicators of impending job change. The strongest negative correlation was between work satisfaction and intention to quit. Autonomy and intention to quit also demonstrated a significant negative correlation. The study concludes that of the variables studied, the most effective predictor of job retention in this sample population is work satisfaction.

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