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The Impact of Nursing Leaders Behavioral Integrity and Intragroup Relationship Conflict on Staff Nurses Intention to Remain

Kang, Seung-Wan PhD; Lee, Soojin PhD; Choi, Suk Bong PhD

Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 5 - p 294–300
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000448
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OBJECTIVE: This study tested a multilevel model examining the effect of nursing leader’s behavioral integrity and intragroup relationship conflict on staff nurses’ intent to remain.

BACKGROUND: In the challenging situation of nursing shortage, nurse executives are required to focus on the retention of nurses. No previous studies have examined the impact of nursing leader’s behavioral integrity and intragroup relationship conflict on nurses’ intention to remain.

METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 480 RNs in 34 nursing units of a large public hospital in South Korea was conducted to test the hypothesized multilevel model.

RESULTS: Nursing leader’s behavioral integrity was positively related to nurses’ intention to remain (b = 0.34, P < .001). This relationship was enhanced when the level of intragroup relationship conflict was high (b = 0.21, P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS: Nursing leaders assigned to units with a high level of intragroup relationship conflict should endeavor to maintain their behavioral integrity to promote nurses’ intention to remain.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Kang), College of Business, Gachon University, Seongnam; Assistant Professor (Dr Lee), College of Business Administration, Chonnam National University, Gwangju; and Associate Professor (Dr Choi), College of Business and Economics, Korea University, Sejong, Republic of Korea.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Lee, College of Business Administration, Chonnam National University, 77 Yongbong-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61186, Republic of Korea (soojinlee@jnu.ac.kr); or Dr Suk Bong Choi, College of Business and Economics, Korea University, 2511 Sejong-ro, Sejong 30019, Republic of Korea (sukchoi@korea.ac.kr).

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