Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Louette Lutjens

Second Advisor

Lucille Grimm

Third Advisor

Eleanor French


Maintaining a stable nursing staff is critical to the effective operation of hospitals, therefore chief nurse executives must not lose sight of the importance of retention efforts. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that maintain or increase job satisfaction among registered nurses working in small, rural hospitals, thereby, motivating them to remain in a rural hospital practice setting. Four hundred and twenty-seven job satisfaction surveys were mailed to 13 rural community hospitals that had less than 100 beds. Two hundred and twenty completed surveys were returned (52%).; Sociodemographic characteristics of short-term (less than one year) and long-term registered nurse employees (greater than 5 years) were very similar. Analysis of variance was used to compare differences in job satisfaction scores between the two groups (N = 34). The Mann-Whitney U-Wilcoxon Rank Sum W Test was used to compare differences in job satisfaction scores according to salary and years in practice (N = 26). There were no statistically significant differences in job satisfaction in any of the tests conducted (p {dollar}>{dollar}.05).


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