Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Daryl Canham

Second Advisor

Virginia Young Cureton


school nurse, job satisfaction, work satisfaction, autonomy, professional status, interaction, online study, job dissatisfaction, retirement


Many studies have examined job satisfaction of nurses in various clinical settings, but few have focused on school nurses. This project was a follow-up to the study by Foley, Wilson, Lee, Young Cureton, & Canham (2004), who used a written questionnaire and convenience sample rather than the electronic means and random sampling employed here. Both studies, based on Stamp's Index of Work Satisfaction, analyzed six parameters to determine the degree of job satisfaction among members of a state school nurses organization. The results of this study substantially agreed with the prior study. School nurses were not satisfied with their jobs. Autonomy in their job was the most significant parameter, followed by interaction, professional status, pay, task requirements, and organizational policies. Demographic information pointed to a potential problem with 53% of the school nurses surveyed intending to retire within 1 0 years.