Exploring the Relationship between Job Satisfaction and Job Retention among Registered Nurses under the Nurse Deployment Program in Southern Philippines





Background: This study explores the relationship between job satisfaction and job retention among registered nurses working under the Nurse Deployment Program (NDP) in Southern Philippines.

Methods: The study design employed in the study is Descriptive-correlational to measure the nurses' perceptions of organizational job satisfaction, and the link between job satisfaction and job retention using a survey questionnaire. A total of 139 registered nurses were selected using Random sampling method from the hospitals, rural health units, birthing places, and barangay health stations in municipalities of Lanao del Sur, Philippines. The data was analyzed through Frequency and Percentage Distribution and Spearman Rho Correlation using manual computation and SPSS. Nurse retention was calculated by dividing the average number of registered nurses during a period of 6 months by the job turnover rates on the units.

Results: The findings revealed that the respondents were ‘satisfied’ on the overall indicators on the job satisfaction scale. With a Spearman Rho Correlation value of 0.003 and p-value of 0.016, the data suggested that there is a significant correlation between the respondents’ job satisfaction and job retention in the Nurse Deployment Project.

Conclusion: This research illuminated the factors that may influence nurse retention, improve nurse job satisfaction, and promote healthy workplaces. It can serve as a standard or foundation for policymakers and implementers in identifying areas for improvement in boosting job satisfaction among nurses


Job Satisfaction, Nurses, Job Retention, Nurse Deployment Program


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Aba Ali, N., & Bangcola, A. A. (2022). Exploring the Relationship between Job Satisfaction and Job Retention among Registered Nurses under the Nurse Deployment Program in Southern Philippines . The Malaysian Journal of Nursing (MJN), 14(2), 143-150. https://doi.org/10.31674/mjn.2022.v14i02.024