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Nurse Leaders: Love the Job, Not the Paycheck

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2013

Although the majority of those surveyed comprises directors (32%), managers (26%), and CNOs/chief nursing executives (17%), other job titles were included in the survey, too, such as clinical staff, specialist/coordinator, consultant, APRN, and professor/dean.

In fact, when the survey is broken down by title and different aspects of job satisfaction, the results get more interesting. For instance, the quality of the relationship nurse leaders have with their direct reports fluctuates widely by job title. The survey finds that 95% and 94% of non-system and system CNOs, respectively, are very or somewhat satisfied with the relationship they have with their direct reports. That's compared to only 56% of clinical staff leaders and 50% of those with specialist/coordinator titles who say they're satisfied or somewhat satisfied with those relationships.

Although some aspects of job satisfaction varied by title, one area that got lower marks across the board was "equal treatment with other non-nursing functions." The percentages of those who were very or somewhat satisfied in that area generally hovered in the mid-60s up to 70%; vice presidents were slightly more satisfied at 76%.

"This question was meant to evaluate the respondent's perception of compensation equity across leadership positions in their organization," Thompson says.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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