Grounded in self-determination theory, this study sought to examine the antecedents and outcomes of part-time working nurses' (n = 404) motives for searching and not searching for full-time employment. After controlling for various background variables, autonomous motivation and economic motivation to search for a full-time job related positively to job search intensity, controlled motivation to search related negatively to experienced positive experiences of part-time work, whereas autonomous motivation not to search related negatively to job search intensity and positively to positive experiences from part-time work. Finally, experienced managerial autonomy support toward part-time work and negative feedback from colleagues regarding part-time work were established as contextual antecedents of part-time nurses' autonomous and controlled motives to search and not to search.