Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Science




Wong, Carol A.

2nd Supervisor

Regan, Sandra



High levels of turnover continue to pose a challenge to the nursing workforce amidst growing patient acuity and budget constraints. The presence of strong nursing leadership may address the need for healthy work environments that contribute to retention outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of authentic leadership of managers, on experienced nurses’ affective, normative, and continuance organizational commitment, and ultimately job turnover intentions. This study used secondary analysis of data collected in a non-experimental survey of 478 registered nurses in Canada. Hayes’ PROCESS version 3 SPSS macro for mediation analysis was used to test the hypothesized path model. Results showedauthentic leadership was a significant predictor of job turnover intentions mediated by affective commitment, and all predictors accounted for 21% of the variance in job turnover intentions. Findings suggested that authentic leaders in nursing may contribute to improved organizational commitment, and decreased job turnover intentions.