Understanding the motivations of the multigenerational physician assistant workforce

John E. Lopes, Nailya O. Delellis

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Physician assistants (PAs) are more frequently finding themselves in positions where they are responsible for staff recruitment and retention. Staff turnover is associated with significant financial costs for organizations. Motivational theories focusing on job design indicate that paying attention to a combination of factors related to the work itself, in addition to the environment where the work is performed, increases satisfaction. This study asked a convenience sample of practicing PAs to rate the importance of a number of work-related factors known to influence job satisfaction. The results may be used as a basis for designing an environment to increase job satisfaction and improve recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalJAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Millennials
  • generation
  • motivation
  • retention
  • satisfaction


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