Nursing leadership has important implications for the direction of professional nursing and transforming the future of healthcare. Nursing leadership is essential in healthcare organizations and nursing education and is vital to improving healthcare for better patient outcomes and strengthening nursing education. Current nursing leaders’ behavior may influence the entrance of staff nurses to take leadership positions. This qualitative study explored the behaviors of nursing leaders that affect a staff nurse decision to pursue professional development, academic growth, and organizational commitment. Kouzes and Posner’s model of transformational leadership provided the framework for this study. With institutional review board approvals and participant consent, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 17 staff nurses at an acute care facility in the southern United States. Interview transcripts were reviewed and coded for emerging themes. Content analysis revealed the following themes: encouragement, support, fairness, communication, positive attitude, leading by example, and good work relationships as positive attributes of nurse leaders that influence a nurse’s decision to pursue professional development, academic growth, and organizational commitment. Less favorable indicators were stress, favoritism, work-life balance, and negative attitudes as hindrances to the nurses’ pursuit of professional development, academic growth, and organizational commitment.
|Commitee:||Lundstrom, Alicia, Markey, Linda, Roberts, Jalynn, Spring, Debra|
|School:||William Carey University|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Educational advancement, Future of nursing leadership, Influence of nursing leadership, Nurse leader, Nursing leadership, Organizational committment|
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