Cunningham, Christopher J. L.
O'Leary, Brian J.; Weathington, Bart L.
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Nurse staff burnout is a critical element of the quality of worklife for nurses, due to burnout’s positive relationship with turnover/turnover intentions. This study attempted to bridge the gap between two areas of related research: transformational leadership and burnout/engagement, using work characteristics (i.e., areas of worklife: AWL) as mediators of the relationship between leadership and burnout/engagement. A sample (N = 142) of practicing nursing students and full-time working nurses who were recruited from a university, hospital, and social network connections completed a questionnaire that gathered their perceptions of nurse leadership, AWL, and burnout/engagement. Results suggested that transformational leadership is strongly related to AWL, and that specific AWL mediate the relationship between transformational leadership and burnout/engagement. The model used in this study is situational and its measures have the ability to locate the sources of burnout/engagement.
M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.
Employee attitude surveys; Employees -- Attitudes; Nurses; Transformational leadership
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
x, 81 leaves
Smith, Heather Kaye, "Testing work characteristics as mediating factors in the relationships among nurse leadership, burnout, and engagement" (2012). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.