Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos

Second Advisor

Dr. Malcolm Robertson

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A study of self-actualization and well-being was carried out using a sample of 80 baccalaureate degree nurses working in two medium size city hospitals. Shostrom's Personal Orientation Inventory was used to measure self-actualizing levels. Campbell, Converse and Rodgers' Quality of Life Questionnaire was used to assess global well-being and well-being within different life domains, specifically job satisfaction. The nurses in this study were generally found, using a t-test analysis over all well-being scores but lower job satisfaction scores than the normative populations. A significant positive correlation between self-actualization levels and global well-being scores was not evidences. Further more, a chi-square analysis failed to show a significant relationship between job satisfaction and years spent in nursing or position held in the hospital. The findings provide additional insight into the nursing culture and suggest the need for more changes in hospital work conditions and less stress on conformity behavior from baccalaureate degree nurses in promoting their positive mental health and well-being.

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