Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
There are numerous factors that influence a nurse manager's job satisfaction and intention to remain in a job. The purpose of this project was to evaluate whether a formal mentorship program for nurse managers impacted job satisfaction and intention to remain in a job. A pilot program was developed and 15 nurse managers from 2 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest participated in a 6-month mentorship program. The program was guided by mentorship enactment theory and Kouzes and Posner's exemplary leadership framework. Using the Leadership Profile Inventory (LPI) and the Nurse Manager Practice Environment Scale (NMPES), job satisfaction, intention to stay in a job, and transformational leadership behaviors were measured before and after the program. Results were analyzed using a paired samples t test. There were statistically significant differences between the preprogram LPI scores (M= 212.27, SD=37.8) and postprogram scores (M=232.47, SD= 25.28); t (14) = -2.83, p =.013. There were also statistically significant differences between the preprogram NMPES Subscale 3: Culture of Generativity (M= 23.20, SD= 4.65) and postprogram scores (M= 26.20, SD= 4.74); t (14) = -2.40, p=.032. The results demonstrated a significant increase in job satisfaction, intention to stay, and transformational leadership behaviors. Implementation of this pilot program supported positive social change through reduced nurse manager turnover, resulting in a reduction of healthcare spending on replacement costs in addition to improved patient outcomes.