Michael Gates, Ph.D., R.N.

Michael Gates is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at San Diego State University. He earned a B.S. at Brown University in Applied Mathematics/Economics and a B.S.N at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. In 2005 he completed a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Gates’ research interests include the nursing workforce, workplace diversity, and the utilization of technology in nursing practice and education. Dr. Gates’ current work involves developing a better understanding of the factors that lead to supplemental nurse assimilation, dissatisfaction, burnout, and turnover utilizing nationally representative survey data and qualitative data collected from supplemental nurses, facility based nurses, and nurse executives. The findings from Gates’ current work may further expand knowledge concerning the role supplemental nurses play in today's healthcare economy, the ways in which organizations strategically use supplemental nurses, and the organizational costs associated with their use. Gates hopes the findings from this study will contribute to the creation of work environments in which patient care is improved, the quality of work life for supplemental nurses is enhanced, and organizational costs associated with the use of supplemental nurses are minimized.