Motivation and job satisfaction in graduate nurses and their effects on turnover intent

Researcher Serena Joseph, Charlene Tan, Arianna Bagoes Oka, Jessica, Xue Wei Lee

Supervisors Dr Graeme Ditchburn

Date: Completed 2010

This study explored the impact of extrinsic and intrinsic factors on graduate nurses’ turnover intent in Western Australia. An online questionnaire measuring job satisfaction, work motivation and turnover intent was completed by 105 participants currently undergoing the graduate program in public and private metropolitan hospitals in Western Australia. Participants’ who stated that they intend to leave were found to be more dissatisfied with the job overall and their extrinsic rewards. Intrinsic satisfaction factors were found to have a direct and indirect impact on turnover intent, while mediating for extrinsic factors. Participants who worked for “7-10” months who intended to leave were also more likely to be dissatisfied with their intrinsic satisfaction. This study provides support for the importance of intrinsic satisfaction for graduate nurses in Western Australia and the need for retention strategies of organisations should to focus on those intrinsic factors.