Job satisfaction and perceived autonomy for nurse practitioners working in nurse-managed health centers
Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2012
©2012 The Author(s) Journal compilation ©2012 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 25, Issue 4, pages 213–221, April 2013
How to Cite
Pron, A. L. (2013), Job satisfaction and perceived autonomy for nurse practitioners working in nurse-managed health centers. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 25: 213–221. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00776.x
- Issue online: 2 APR 2013
- Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: JUN 2011
- Manuscript Received: JAN 2011
- nurse practitioners;
- nurse-managed clinics;
- Misener NP Job Satisfaction Scale;
- primary care
More primary care providers are needed to deliver health care to Americans living in poverty and those soon to be insured under the Affordable Care Act. Nurse practitioners (NPs) in nurse-managed health centers (NMHCs) are poised to meet this need. This research study examined the characteristics of NPs working in NMHCs and measured job satisfaction and perceived level of autonomy. No studies about job satisfaction or autonomy for NPs working in NMHCs had been previously reported.
This descriptive, quantitative study surveyed primary care NPs working in NMHCs that are part of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC). NP e-mail addresses were obtained from NNCC center directors. Of 198 NPs invited to the electronic survey, 99 completed the Misener Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale, demographic questionnaire, questions about perceived autonomy, and whether they would recommend working in an NMHC. Participants came from 16 states and 46 NMHCs.
NPs working in NMHCs have job satisfaction, perceive their role as autonomous, and are satisfied with the autonomy they have.
Implications for practice
NMHCs can provide access to primary health care for many Americans. More NPs may choose employment in NMHCs for job satisfaction and autonomy.