Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Health Professions

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Linda Scott

Second Advisor

Lou Ann Hartley

Third Advisor

Lynne B. Welch

Fourth Advisor

Leonard J. Deutsch


The purpose of this study was to examine the perception of overall job satisfaction and control over nursing practice among telemetry and medical-surgical registered staff nurses. Also, to determine if there were significant differences between government and non-profit, community organizations in relation to job satisfaction and control over nursing practice.

The design for the study was a non-experimental, descriptive, cross-sectional approach. All participants received the Control Over Nursing Practice Questionnaire and the Overall Job Satisfaction Survey. The sample consisted of a total of 50 registered nurses. Twenty-five from a VAMC and 25 from a local non-profit hospital.

A significant association existed between control over nursing practice and overall job satisfaction (r = .54, p .005) in the VA registered nurse group. The instruments in the study were both reliable ( .89) and valid for the VA group. The instruments were only reliable in the non-profit hospital group with alpha correlation coefficients ( .90).

Control over nursing practice was moderately associated with overall job satisfaction among VA registered staff nurses, but not among the non-profit registered nurses. No significant relationship existed between the two institutions with regard to overall job satisfaction or control over nursing practice.


Job satisfaction – Testing.

Nurses – Job satisfaction.