Career patterns and job satisfaction of Canadian nurse educators


M C Barrett, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5, Canada


The purpose of this study was to describe the career patterns and job satisfaction of Ontario university and college nurse educators A descriptive survey design was employed using mailed questionnaires The sample comprised 60 nurse educators, 30 from three universities and 30 from three colleges Forty-four returned the completed questionnaire, giving a response rate of 73% The variables about the career patterns and goals of the nurse educators included their past and present job satisfaction Career patterns were described as stable, double-track, interrupted and unstable Similarities and differences were compared and described in relation to these factors Significant differences in job satisfaction were found between university and college faculty on nine of the 36 job characteristics (for example, leadership style, independence, autonomy and salary) There were no significant differences in job satisfaction for each of the career patterns and the selected demographic variables of age, years in nursing education, educational level and salary between the university and college faculty