Authors: Burke D, Flanagan J, Ditomassi M, Hickey PA
J Nurs Adm. 2017 Apr;47(4):219-225
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore RNs and nurse directors' (NDs') perceptions of leadership on units with high RN satisfaction scores.
BACKGROUND: 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.
METHODS: This study used a qualitative design using appreciative inquiry-guided data collection.
RESULTS: Nine RNs and 9 NDs met the inclusion criteria. Each group identified 4 themes.
CONCLUSIONS: Registered nurse and ND participants identified similar themes representative of leadership attributes and behaviors that contribute to RN satisfaction.