Academic nursing administrators' workplace satisfaction and intent to stay


      • Academic nursing administrators are crucial for the future nursing workforce, and vacancies are on the rise.
      • Recognizing factors associated with job satisfaction and intent to stay is important for programs of nursing in university settings.
      • Workplace factors were found to have a significant relationship to job satisfaction and intent to stay in a sample of nursing administrators.
      • Modifiable factors should be considered for change of policies in higher education to recruit and retain academic nursing administrators.



      In nursing education, the academic administrator is critical given the multitude of challenges associated with program delivery (e.g., shortages of faculty, strict and changing regulations for program accreditation, and the sheer demand for more nurses). Unfortunately, with the focus on recruiting and retaining new novice faculty to teach students, academic nursing administrators have been overlooked in recent studies.


      As such, this study aims to explore the workplace satisfaction and intent to stay of academic nursing administrators by considering their relation to a variety of demographic and work related variables.


      A secondary data source was used from the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE). One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) with post hoc Fisher's Least Significant Difference tests and t-tests were used in the analysis.


      Results indicate that several modifiable work factors positively relate to both job satisfaction and intent to stay.


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