- Journal of Nursing Education
- July 2012 - Volume 51 · Issue 7: 381-388
The National League for Nursing endorses mentoring throughout nursing faculty’s careers as the method to recruit nurses into academia and improve retention of nursing faculty within the academy. A nationwide sample of 959 full-time nursing faculty completed a descriptive survey comprising a researcher-created demographic questionnaire plus Dreher’s mentoring scale, Gmelch’s faculty stress index, Spreitzer’s psychological empowerment scale, and the National Survey for Postsecondary Faculty’s job satisfaction scale. Results showed that 40% of the sample had a current work mentor. Variables showed significant relationships to job satisfaction (p < 0.01): mentoring quality (0.229), job stress (–0.568), and psychological empowerment (0.482). Multiple regression results indicated job satisfaction was significantly influenced (p < 0.01) by the presence of a mentoring relationship, salary, tenure status, psychological empowerment, and job stress. The regression model explained 47% of the variance in job satisfaction for the sample.
Dr. Chung is Clinical Assistant Professor, National University, Henderson; and Dr. Kowalski is Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Address correspondence to Catherine E. Chung, PhD, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, National University, 2850 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052; e-mail: .firstname.lastname@example.org