Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Research has shown that job satisfaction influences retention of nurses, and policies focused on nursing satisfaction are more beneficial for retaining new nurses than adjusting work hours and wages. The prophecy job fit predictor is a quality improvement initiative designed to identify where a nurse should be assigned based on behavior, clinical capabilities, and personality assessment. The practice-focused question for this project focused on whether satisfaction rates of recently graduated registered nurses were influenced by their unit placement. The conceptual frameworks that guided this project were the plan, do, study, and act method and Herzberg's 2-factor theory. Data were obtained from surveying a cohort of 54 graduate nurses in 3 hospital locations in 6 specialty units. Results obtained using 1-way ANOVA and a Likert scale showed that graduate nurse satisfaction rates increased when assigned to their best fit unit: prophecy job fit 58.33% with a mean score of 3.34 (Hospital A), prophecy job fit 20% with a mean score of 3.1 (Hospital B), prophecy job fit 33.33% with a mean score of 3.1 (Hospital C). The results showed that the prophecy job fit predictor during nursing orientation can guide nurses into the appropriate specialty unit and increase nursing satisfaction. The implications of these findings for positive social change in nursing practice include the benefits of using the prophecy job fit predictor when assigning graduate nurses to their hospital setting to address the nursing shortage.