Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

PhD Higher Education Leadership, Management, Policy


Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Martin Finkelstein, Ph.D

Committee Member

Elaine Walker, Ph.D

Committee Member

Joseph Stetar, Ph.D


Nursing, Faculty, Role Conflict, Job Satisfaction, Workload



Due to the significant nursing faculty shortage and the probable impact on healthcare, it is imperative to expand the available literature on the nursing faculty shortage. The descriptive data in this study highlight the critical nature of the aging and retiring nursing faculty body. The statistics available in this study regarding this are quite alarming. The Northeast may be looking at a mass exodus of nursing faculty in the next 5 years with up to 70 percent of the faculty leaving their current position. Another alarming factor is the significant level of inexperience the remaining faculty may have and the prospect of this effecting student outcomes.

In regard to workload, it is evident that it affects job satisfaction. It is also evident that job satisfaction affects the timing of leaving of nursing faculty. In order to minimize the dwindling nursing faculty it is imperative for administrators to employ initiatives to help retain faculty and increase their job satisfaction.

Job satisfaction significantly impacts the timing of leaving of nursing faculty from their current position. This is another reason why policy and initiatives must be developed and research to help slow the inevitable draining of the nursing faculty pool. Role conflict on the other hand, was not a factor in the timing of leaving. Perhaps researchers would be better suited focusing on other contributors to the nursing faculty shortage. Overall this study contributed to the body of knowledge on the nursing faculty shortage but the question still remains as to why faculty are leaving. It is evident that job satisfaction is a factor as well as workload. Role conflict did not have the impact that the literature implies.