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Empowerment and Job Satisfaction in Associate Degree Nurse Educators

BAKER, SANDRA L.; FITZPATRICK, JOYCE J.; GRIFFIN, MARY QUINN

Empowerment and Job Satisfaction in Associate Degree Nurse Educators
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ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to examine empowerment, job satisfaction levels, and relationships among 139 associate degree nursing educators.The Conditions of Work Effectiveness II, Psychological Empowerment Scale,and Job Diagnostic Survey were used. Findings indicated that the majority of educators were satisfied with their jobs as nursing faculty and felt empowered in their workplaces. Psychological empowerment demonstrated the strongest positive correlation with job satisfaction.There were no significant differences in empowerment or job satisfaction based on educators' tenure status, educational level, evidence of scholarship, or academic rank. Based on the findings of this study, the authors recommend that deans use resources to provide faculty opportunities to expand their departmental influence and spend more time with students, as well as place faculty in positions that highlight their relevance to the college and nursing program.

About the AuthorsSandra L. Baker, DNP, RN, CNE, dean atthe School of Nursing, Riverside City College, Riverside, California,is book review editor for Nursing Education Perspectives. Joyce J.Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CaseWestern Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, is editor. Mary QuinnGriffin, PhD, RN, is assistant professor, Frances Payne BoltonSchool of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Baker was aparticipant in the 2009 NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, sponsored bythe NLN Foundation for Nursing Education. Contact heratsandy.baker@rcc.edu.

Copyright 2011 by National League for Nursing, Inc.
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