Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Health Professions

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Lynne Welch

Second Advisor

Robin Walton

Third Advisor

Karen L. Stanley


The purpose of this study is to determine cardiac nurses’ level of job satisfaction through an examination of the relationship between Herzberg’s motivation and hygiene factors and job satisfaction. The study used a non-experimental, quantitative design with a theoretical framework based on Herzberg’s Motivation Versus Hygiene theory. The independent variables were motivation and hygiene factors and the dependent variable was nurse job satisfaction. The Work Quality Index and a demographic survey were given to approximately 32 registered nurses at a medical center in southwestern, West Virginia. The data was collected over three weeks and was analyzed using descriptive and correlational statistics. The results showed that nurses in this sample had a moderate level of job satisfaction. It was also found that Motivation Factors and Hygiene Factors correlated almost equally with job satisfaction, meaning that nurses must be satisfied with both types of factors to be overall satisfied with their jobs.


Nurses - Job satisfaction.