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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Thesis Committee Chairperson

Dr. Deborah Merriam, RN, DNS, CNE

Additional Advisor

Kathleen Klaes, MS, RN


Purpose: The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the effects of nurse manager leadership style on staff nurse satisfaction through intent to leave.

Design: A quantitative nonexperimental, correlational design was used in this study.

Methods: A Survey Monkey link to the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire 5X-short form with four additional intent to leave questions was emailed to nurses working in a Western New York Hospital. The survey consisted of 29 multiple choice questions using a Likert scale of 0-4 as well as four intent to leave questions using a Likert scale of 1-5. Data were analyzed, and a Pearson correlation coefficient was calculated.

Findings: A total of 33 participants completed the online survey. Intent to leave was analyzed, and the results showed 15% of participants were thinking of leaving their current job with 6% thinking of leaving their current workplace. Individual transformational leadership questions were divided into five categories, idealized influence attributed, idealized behaviors, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individual consideration. A moderate negative, statistically significant relationship was demonstrated by transformational leadership and intent to leave.

Discussion: Nurse manager leadership style has an effect on staff nurses' intent to leave. Transformational leadership styles were shown to decrease the intent to leave of the nurse on the unit and the workplace.