Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Collaboration and satisfaction are concepts that are not well understood in nursing. A systematic review or the literature using a computer search of CINAHL, MEDLINE, and ABl/lnform suggests that collaborative practice is achieved through the expertise and unique abilities or all cure providers (Jones. I 994b) and is obtainable through an awareness or nurse practitioner satisfaction parameters (Misener & Cox. 2001). It is the opinion or this researcher that the creation or work environments that encourage and support leaders' effectiveness, empathy, autonomy, flexibility, acceptance, and common goals, values and beliefs is essential for eliciting collaboration and satisfaction within organizations. For the purposes or this investigation, the relationship between collaboration and nurse practitioner satisfaction was explored using a quantitative, non-experimental descriptive-correlational research design. A convenience sample or297 nurse practitioners (N=297) who practice in primary care was derived from the Kansas population or advanced registered nurse practitioners. Orem's (2001) Self Care Deficit Theory or Nursing (SCDTN) and Herzberg’s Dual-Factor Theory of Job Satisfaction and Motivation were reconstructed to form a nursing conceptual model to guide this investigation. The Collaborative Practice Scale Modified (CPS-M) by Jones (1994b), was used to measure the predictor variable of collaboration. The Misener Nurse Practitioner Job Satisfaction Scale (MNP JSS) by Misener and Cox (200 1) was utilized to measure the criterion variable of nurse practitioner job satisfaction. Non-parametric and parametric tests were used to determine if a correlation existed between a) the mean of tile total score of the CPS and the mean on the total score of the MNPJSS, and b) the mean of the total score on the CPS and individual Schenk Pitts Demographic Instrument Survey (SPDIS) questions. A statistically significant relationship was found to exist between the variables of collaboration and nurse practitioner satisfaction. Further tests revealed that internal reliability between subscales of the CPS-M and MNPJSS were of high magnitude. Moreover, internal reliability ofsubsca1es was found to mirror previous reported findings in the literature. Although this investigation represents a first attempt to explore the relationship between collaboration and satisfaction, the findings document that a statistically significant correlation exists. However, since the data represents only 3% of the variability regarding the relationship, further research is warranted.


Janice Unruh Davidson

Date of Award

Spring 2003

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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