The aim of this study was to explore the influence of the practice environment on nurse managers’ (NMs’) job satisfaction and intent to leave.BACKGROUND:
Nurse managers are a ready pool of talent to fill impending strategic leadership vacancies. Job satisfaction as an NM is a deciding factor for senior leadership aspirations.METHODS:
This study used a secondary analysis of 2012 survey data of 355 NMs. The Nurse Manager Practice Environment Scale was used to identify organizational features that influence NMs’ job satisfaction and intent to leave.RESULTS:
Mean (SD) job satisfaction was 4.5 (1.1) on a 6-point scale. Mean (SD) intent to leave was 5.0 (2.1) on a scale ranging from 3 to 9. The Nurse Manager Practice Environment Scale was a significant predictor of both job satisfaction and intent to leave.CONCLUSIONS:
Features of the organizational context can be modified to improve job satisfaction and reduce intent to leave among NMs.