ArticleTransformational Leadership in Health Care TodayRobbins, Beverly RN, BSN; Davidhizar, Ruth RN, DNS, ARNP, BC, FAAN Author Information Author Affiliations: Lakeland Regional Health System, Saint Joseph, Michigan (Ms Robbins) and School f Nursing, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana (Dr Davidhizar). Corresponding author: Ruth Davidhizar, RN, DNS, ARNP, BC, FAAN, 1001 W. McKinley Ave, Mishawaka, IN 46545 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: July 2007 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 234-239 doi: 10.1097/01.HCM.0000285014.26397.e7 Buy Metrics Abstract Management in nursing is in a state of revolution based on positive transformational changes. Effective leadership on individual nursing units directly affects nursing staff satisfaction. Employees are interested in managers who can lead in a positive and encouraging manner. Nurses who are content in their positions correlate to a reduction in staff turnover and improve retention. When the nursing staff are satisfied with their employment, patient satisfaction rises. Health care organizations can see this trickle-down effect through increases in patient satisfaction scores over time. The promotion of effective communication and positive attitudes enhances a healthy environment for all employees and staff. Health care organizations should evaluate individual nurse managers on units to promote transformational leadership qualities; this will directly result in staff satisfaction, staff retention, and patient satisfaction. ©2007Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.