Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Tracy Arnold

Abstract

Nurse Managers have the unenviable responsibility of ensuring that nursing staff are engaged and perform their duties to the best of their abilities. Maintaining an environment conducive to maximizing nurses' potentials resulting in retention may be a by-product of an effective leadership style. The purpose of this study was to determine whether nurse managers' leadership styles have an impact on nurses' intent to turnover. Nurse Managers with more than one year of management experience were asked to complete the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ-5X). The 45-item questionnaire rates the participant's leadership style based on the answers provided. Results were then compared to the nurses' intent to turnover scores taken from the Avatar Associate Engagement Survey conducted in March 2014. The overall nursing intent to turnover score was 41% while the best in class nursing score was 34% when compared to the AVATAR national database. For the purposes of this study, a score of 40% and below were categorized as below the norm or the better score.

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