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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Robert McWhirt


Job dissatisfaction among nurses may contribute to disengagement and withdrawal from the profession. The degree of leadership support in the workplace influences job satisfaction, and when nurses are satisfied with their job, they provide better patient care. Guided by the social cognitive theory, which asserts a relationship between behavior change and one's surroundings, this quantitative, exploratory project sought to determine the type of nursing leadership practiced in the facility where the project took place, whether nurses were satisfied with their job, and if patients were satisfied with their care. Participants in the project included 55 registered nurses and 5 nurse managers. Three surveys of demographics, job satisfaction, and leadership styles were administered to 60 RN participants; patient satisfaction data were obtained from the hospital's last reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. Descriptive statistics from the nurse surveys showed 75% were female, 56.7% had a bachelor's degree, and, most were under the age of 50 years. Results showed that 90.8% of nurses enjoyed working for the hospital, leaders primarily used transformational leadership styles, and 80.2 to 89.7% of patients were satisfied with their care. This project has implications for positive social change because healthy, transformative leadership leads to staff satisfaction and improved patient satisfaction.

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