Date of Award

Fall 2010

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Susan J Fetzer


The nursing shortage is a growing concern with the shortage of nurse faculty restricting entry of qualified students. A descriptive study of faculty from 11 New Hampshire nursing schools was conducted to determine nurse faculty satisfaction and factors contributing to satisfaction. A modified version, sent electronically of the Nurse Faculty Satisfaction Questionnaire measured faculty satisfaction. Of 159 faculty invited 74 (47%) participated. Overall, NH nurse faculty were highly satisfied as nurse educators with 78.4% rating overall satisfaction of 8 or higher on a 0 - 10 scale. The top three satisfiers were opportunity to work independently, sense of accomplishment from work, and the variety of activities. The highest level of dissatisfaction was rate of pay for position (60.8%), amount of work required (31.1%), and degree of technical support available (29.8%). While NH nurse educators would recommend a nurse become a nurse faculty, pay is a serious detractor in recruiting new faculty.