Factors Influencing Public Health Nurses' Job Satisfaction

Publication Date


Type of Culminating Activity


Degree Title

Master of Health Science, Health Policy

Major Advisor

Judith Murray, RN, Ph.D.


James T. Girvan


Pamela Gehrke, RN, MS


This study investigated factors influencing public health nurses’ job satisfaction and if the low level of turnover reported for these nurses would correspond with a high level of job satisfaction. The sample consisted of 67 of 89 nurses from six public health districts. The majority of respondents held a baccalaureate degree in nursing and had been employed in the field for more than 21 years, although they had been employed in public health nursing for less than 11 years.

A non-experimental, descriptive survey was used to gather data about respondents feelings about their present jobs. Twenty variables including ability utilization, achievement, activity, advancement, authority, company policies and practices, compensation, co-workers, creativity, independence, moral values, recognition, responsibility, security , social service, social status, supervision-human relations, supervision-technical, variety, working conditions, and overall satisfaction were measured.

Overall, these respondents did not report satisfaction with any variable measured. When compared with data from a normative group of nurses, eight variables were ranked as average satisfaction. The low level of turnover does not appear to be a phenomenon of high level of job satisfaction.

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