Title

The Impact of Leader-Member Exchange Quality, Empowerment, and Core Self-evaluation on Nurse Manager's Job Satisfaction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2007

Journal

Journal of Nursing Administration

Volume

37

Issue

5

First Page

221

Last Page

229

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to test a theoretical model linking nurse managers' perceptions of the quality of the relationship with their supervisors, and empowerment to job satisfaction, and to examine the effect of a personal dispositional variable, core self-evaluation, on the relationships among these variables.

BACKGROUND DATA: Nursing leadership roles have been transformed as a result of dramatic changes within healthcare in the past decade, yet research on the nature of nurse manager work life in current work environments is limited.

METHODS: A nonexperimental, predictive design was used in a sample of 141 hospital-based nurse managers obtained from a provincial registry.

RESULTS: Approximately 40.4% of the variance in job satisfaction was explained by leader-member exchange quality (LMX), empowerment, and core self-evaluation.

CONCLUSION: Higher quality relationships with their immediate supervisor were associated with greater manager structural and psychological empowerment and, consequently, greater job satisfaction. Core self-evaluation played a strong significant role, affecting all components of the model. The results suggest that both situational and personal factors are important determinants of satisfying work environments for nurse managers.

Notes

Published in: Journal of Nursing Administration, May 2007, Volume 37, Issue 5, p. 221-229. doi: 10.1097/01.NNA.0000269746.63007.08