A Quantitative Correlational Survey Study Identifying the Relationship Between Perceived Leadership Styles of Nurse Managers and Nurse Job Satisfaction

Monday, July 11, 2011: 1:45 PM

Kimberly Katherine Worlock, RN, BSN, MHA
Department of Nursing, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to identify what leadership style of nurse managersí impacts nurse job satisfaction.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify what subscales of nurse job satisfaction correlate with nurse manager's transformational leadership style.

Purpose: The purpose of the quantitative correlational survey study was to describe the correlation, if any, between nurses’ perception of nurse manager’s leadership style and subsequent nurses’ job satisfaction.

Methods: Data was measured by the Job Description Index for Jobs in General (JID/JIG) survey instrument (Baltzer et al., 2000) and the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ, Form 5X) (Bass et al., 1999). The study surveyed 83 fulltime medical surgical intensive care nurses in two hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona.

Results: The results of the study suggest a significant, positive correlation between job satisfaction and the perception of the nurse manager leadership style.

Conclusion: If a relationship exists between perceived leadership styles of nurse managers and nurse job satisfaction, healthcare administrative leaders might focus on how leadership can impact nurse job satisfaction to lessen the impact of the forecasted nursing shortage.