Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A correlational study of nurse leadership, attitude towards unions, and retention in an acute care setting
by Levac, Jody Joseph, D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2013, 142; 3578048
Abstract (Summary)

Short-sighted cost containment strategies and lack of proactive policies in Canadian health care have brought about a national nursing workforce shortage. A shortage in staff creates challenges in terms of access to, quality of, and cost of care for Canadians in a universal health care system. The focus of this quantitative correlational study was to determine the relationship between retention and both nurses’ views of leadership styles and attitudes towards unions in a Canadian acute care setting. The study supports the findings that contingent reward leadership styles and transformational leadership have a positive relationship to retention in a Canadian acute care setting. The study also supports that laissez-faire leadership has a moderately high negative linear relationship to retention. In addition, the study revealed that nurses’ attitudes towards unions have no relationship to retention. The implications of these findings for nursing leadership were also reviewed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Marzano, Maureen
Commitee: Myers, Susan, Smith, Donna
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Health Administration
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health care management
Keywords: Access and quality of health care, Canadian health care, Cost containment strategies, National nursing workforce shortage, Nurse leadership styles and attitudes, Universal health care costs
Publication Number: 3578048
ISBN: 978-1-303-68454-8
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