The aim of this study was to explore RNs and nurse directors' (NDs') perceptions of leadership on units with high RN satisfaction scores.
Identifying the characteristics of NDs that contribute to RN satisfaction is important in the recruitment and retention of RNs and in the selection and role development of NDs.
This study used a qualitative design using appreciative inquiry–guided data collection.
Nine RNs and 9 NDs met the inclusion criteria. Each group identified 4 themes.
Registered nurse and ND participants identified similar themes representative of leadership attributes and behaviors that contribute to RN satisfaction.