Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing




Dr. Carol A. Wong


Reports have highlighted the impact o f demanding and unsupportive work environments on nurses’ health. Consequently, there has been a call for nursing leadership to create healthier work environments. The purpose of this study was to test the relationships among nurse managers’ authentic leadership, nurses’ person-job match in the six areas of worklife and their work engagement. A secondary analysis of data collected from a non- experimental predictive design survey o f a random sample o f 280 nurses in Ontario was conducted. An overall person-job match in the six areas o f worklife fully mediated the relationship between authentic leadership and work engagement. Further, authentic leadership, overall person-job match and tenure in the profession explained 33.1% of the variance in work engagement(F^26i)=43.132,/?<0.001,R=0.331). Findings suggest that authentic leadership development for managers would be beneficial to healthcare organizations as authentic leaders enhance nurses’ work engagement by fostering a greater overall person-job match in the six areas of worklife.



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