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The Influence of Nurse Manager Leadership Style on Staff Nurse Work Engagement

Manning, Jennifer DNS, APRN, CNS, CNE

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2016 - Volume 46 - Issue 9 - p 438–443
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000372
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BACKGROUND: Nursing literature supports the importance of an engaged nursing workforce as a means to positively influence performance. Nurse manager leadership style plays a critical role in engaging staff nurses. These relationships have been minimally studied in nurse managers and staff nurses.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of nurse manager leadership style factors on staff nurse work engagement.

METHODS: Using a descriptive correlational research design, 441 staff nurses working in 3 acute care hospitals were surveyed. Survey instruments included the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale and the Multifactorial Leadership Questionnaire 5X short form.

RESULTS: Transactional and transformational leadership styles in nurse managers positively influenced staff nurse work engagement. Passive-avoidant leadership style in nurse managers negatively influenced staff nurse work engagement.

CONCLUSIONS: Nurse managers who provide support and communication through transformational and transactional leadership styles can have a positive impact on staff nurse work engagement and ultimately improve organizational outcomes.

Author Affiliation: Acting Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans.

This study received financial support from the New Orleans Chapter of American Organization of Nurse Executives. The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Manning, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 1900 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (jmanni@lsuhsc.edu).

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