A Quantitative Correlational Study: Nurse Leadership and Communication Effect on Psychiatric Nurse Performance and Retention

by Walrath, Deborah, D.H.A., UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX, 2011, 176 pages; 3515757


The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study was to determine if a relationship existed between psychiatric nurse leadership and communication approaches upon nurse performance and resultant nursing retention. Twenty-one psychiatric nurses were surveyed for this research. The research was conducted based upon Rouse and Schuttler’s (2009a) Supervisor Leadership and Communication Inventory and Spector’s (1997) Job Satisfaction Survey. Regression analysis and ANOVA, where correlation was performed on the four variables, were used to analyze the data. The results revealed that there was a significant correlation between supervisor leadership, communication, performance, and job satisfaction. The results also showed a significant correlation between supervisor leadership and communication on psychiatric nurse retention. This study was the first of its kind to explore psychiatric nurses’ opinions and intention as they relate to supervisor leadership, communication, employee performance, and retention.

AdviserCarol Lieberman
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsMental health; Nursing; Health care management
Publication Number3515757

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