Job Satisfaction and Retention of Rural Community Health Nurses in North Dakota

Jeri Dunkin, Nyla Juhl, Terry Stratton, Jack Geller, Richard Ludtke

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A correlation between job satisfaction and employment longevity has been demonstrated by a number of researchers. However, the measurable aspects of job satisfaction only partially explain an individual's tenure at a particular job. Information about the relationship between job satisfaction and retention of community health nurses in a rural state was provided by 258 community health nurses in North Dakota who responded to a mailed questionnaire. Job satisfaction assessment included measures of autonomy, task requirements, salary, benefits, rewards, professional status, organizational climate, and interpersonal interactions. Job satisfaction was analyzed by taking into account the individual importance of each component. While the majority (61%) of the responding nurses indicated that they expected to stay in their current jobs for a period of five years or more, they were dissatisfied with various aspects of their jobs. The greatest factor influencing the nurses’choice of current position was job availability, followed by preferences for the particular health care agencies or communities. These findings indicate that retention of rural nurses should focus on strategies that go beyond improving job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-275
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rural Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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