Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




Today's nursing shortage is expected to continue due to the aging nursing workforce, as well as poor job satisfaction among nurses. Public Health Nursing is one area of the nursing workforce which is experiencing a nursing shortage, at the same time there is an increasing demand for public health nurses. One way nursing leaders can promote job satisfaction, while creating an environment of retention, is through accommodating generational preferences.

Today's nursing workforce consists of three generations: Baby Boomers, born from 1946-1962; Generation Xers, born from 1963- 1979; and Millennials (Generation Y), born from 1980-2000. Each of these generations represents different attitudes, beliefs, work habits, and experiences.

This study compared generational preferences related to workplace factors that impact public health nurses' job satisfaction and retention, answering the question, "What is the lived experience of three generational cohorts of public health nurses, related to workplace factors that have the greatest impact on job satisfaction and retention?" Using a convenience sample, three public health nurses, one from each generation, were recruited to share their perspectives on workplace conditions that have the greatest impact on job satisfaction and retention. The interview data was transcribed and analyzed using hermeneutic phenomenology.


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