The Impact of Generation on Nurse Manager Job Satisfaction

Angela C. Keith, Kennesaw State University
Nora Warshawsky, University of Central Florida
Donna Neff, University of Central Florida
Victoria Loerzel, University of Central Florida


OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the effects of generational membership on nurse managers' (NMs') perception of their practice environment and job satisfaction using the Nurse Manager Practice Environment Scale (NMPES). BACKGROUND Boomers, Generation Xers, and millennials make up the NM workforce. Each has specific perceptions and expectations for their practice environment and job satisfaction. Little is known about these differences. METHODS A secondary analysis of NM survey data was conducted using descriptive statistics and multiple regression to identify the impact of generation on NMs' perception of their practice environment and satisfaction. RESULTS Generational membership did not significantly impact NMPES or job satisfaction scores, but the practice environment was a strong predictor of these outcomes. CONCLUSION Generational membership did not impact NMs' satisfaction for this sample, but the practice environment did. Further research is needed to examine additional factors that influence NM satisfaction and retention.