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Assessment of Millennial Nurses' Job Satisfaction and Professional Practice Environment

O'Hara, Michele A. DNP, RN, NE-BC; Burke, Debra DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC; Ditomassi, Marianne DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN; Palan Lopez, Ruth PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 9 - p 411–417
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000777

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between demographic factors (age, gender, race, ethnicity, work status, and experience), the professional practice environment, and work satisfaction to increase understanding of millennial nurses.

BACKGROUND: Millennials comprise 30% of the nursing workforce and are more likely to experience burnout, stress, high turnover, and less dedication to their workplace than other counterparts. Understanding how to retain these nurses is important to ensure work satisfaction and high-quality patient outcomes.

METHODS: This descriptive study was a secondary analysis of data using the Professional Practice Work Environment Inventory survey. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the variables. Descriptive statistics and standard t tests were used.

RESULTS: Demographics accounted for only 2.6% of the variance in work satisfaction, whereas supportive leadership accounted for nearly 63%.

CONCLUSION: Findings demonstrate that supportive leadership is the primary factor contributing to millennial nurses' work satisfaction. This suggests that efforts to retain millennial nurses should focus on developing supportive leaders.

Author Affiliations: Nursing Director, Labor and Delivery (Dr O'Hara), Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Officer (Dr Burke), and Executive Director (Dr Ditomassi), Massachusetts General Hospital; and Professor (Dr Palan Lopez), MGH Institute for Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr O'Hara, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02115 (

Online date: August 14, 2019

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