Job satisfaction and organizational characteristics: results of a nationwide survey of baccalaureate nursing faculty in the United States


  • Carol E Snarr EdD RN,

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    1. Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair, Division of Nursing, California State University
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  • Pamela C Krochalk DrPH

    1. Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Health Science, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, California, USA
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Carol Snarr 1992 Campbell Avenue Thousand Oaks, California 91360, USA


This study examines the relationship between job satisfaction of nursing faculty and the organizational characteristics of the institutions and nursing programmes in which they teach A stratified random sample of 48 baccalaureate nursing programmes throughout the United States was selected for the study, of which 25 (52%) of the programme deans agreed to participate Two questionnaires were used in data collection (a) The Job Descriptive Index (Revised), which was sent to 576 nursing faculty at the participating programmes, resulting in 327 (57%) usable questionnaires, and (b) The Organizational Characteristics Questionnaire which was completed by the nursing programmes deans Dimensions of job satisfaction measured were work on present job, present pay, opportunities for promotion, supervision, coworkers and job in general The organizational characteristics examined were institutional control (public, private), size (student enrolment), nursing degrees offered, programmes offered (undergraduate, graduate), number of nursing faculty, number of nursing students, budget, tenure and salary Although nursing faculty tended to be satisfied with their jobs, correlation and multiple regression analyses indicated weak to negligible relationships between job satisfaction and the organizational characteristics examined Further study of the dimensions of job satisfaction within the academic environment is needed to understand the complexity of these relationships fully