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Are Generation Y Nurses Satisfied on the Job? Understanding Their Lived Experiences

Anselmo-Witzel, Sonia PhD, RN, SNT; Orshan, Susan A. PhD, RN; Heitner, Keri L. PhD; Bachand, Jeanie EdD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 4 - p 232–237
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000470
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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of job satisfaction among Generation Y nurses in the workplace.

BACKGROUND: Job satisfaction in nursing is at an all-time low. With an increasing shortage of nurses, there is a need for more awareness and understanding of job satisfaction and intent to stay among Generation Y nurses who are the future generation of nurses.

METHODS: Descriptive phenomenology-guided, in-depth semistructured interviews were conducted to explore the lived experiences of job satisfaction among 10 Generation Y nurses.

RESULTS: Four main themes and 6 subthemes that emerged brought meaning to the nurses’ experiences. The 4 main themes were experiences of feeling good, relationships, job strain, and having choices.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings indicated Generation Y nurses want to fulfill inner feelings of job satisfaction. If these inner feelings are not met, they will seek other opportunities to fulfill job satisfaction.

Author Affiliation: Adjunct Professor of Nursing (Dr Anselmo-Witzel), Roberts Wesleyan College School of Nursing, Rochester, New York; Lead Faculty Area Chair for Nursing (Dr Orshan), School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona; Owner/Principal, All Aspects Research, Amherst, Massachusetts, and Online Faculty School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona (Dr Heitner); and Adjunct Professor (Dr Bachand), School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Anselmo-Witzel, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr, Rochester, NY 14624 (Anselmo-witzel_sonia@roberts.edu).

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