Purpose. The purpose of the study was to assess motivation and job performance among nurses’ in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar Cross river state. Objectives: The following specific objectives were set; to assess the level of job performance among nurses in UCTH, to determine the level of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation among nurses’ in UCTH. Two research questions where developed in line with the research objectives. Literature review: Extensive literature review of the 2 variables was done and the theoretical framework adopted for the study was the Herzberg two factor theory of motivation. Methods: A descriptive research design was adopted for the study and the convenient sampling technique was used a sample size of 240 respondents was selected using the Taro Yamane’s formula. Data was obtained using a 23 item structured questionnaire constructed in line with the research question which was duly validated and reliability ensured. Results: Data obtained was analyzed using Statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) and result gotten was presented using tables, and percentages. Result from the analysis showed that 130 (54.2%) of the respondents strongly agreed that nurses’ achieved their goals by satisfying patents’ needs, 129(53.8%) of the respondents strongly disagreed that nurses’ do not have patients ‘best interest in mind. Findings from the study also revealed that there was a significant relationship between motivation and job performance among nurses in UCTH. Conclusion: Based on these findings, the researchers recommended that government provides adequate funding to health care facilities for procurement of equipment and materials, ensure regular employment of nurses, ensure increment in salaries and allowances of nurses, and provide adequate funding of researches to nurses to further increase motivation and job performance.
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