Date of Award

Spring 5-1990

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Sue W. Young

Committee Member

Christine A. Heine

Committee Member

Elaine R. Dimino

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8B36


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between head nurse (HN) leadership behavior and head nurse and staff nurse (SN) job satisfaction and burnout in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The two target populations for this study were: ICU HNs and ICU SNs. A sample of 10 HNs and 65 SNs completed four questionnaires. This study was conducted in eight community hospitals ranging in bed size between 150 to 700. Four research questions were tested. Utilizing t-tests. a significant difference was found between ICU HNs' and SNs' perceptions of the HN leader behavior of high task - low relationship. Step-wise multiple regression revealed two variables. SN burnout and HN leader behavior of high task. low relationship. explained 19% of the variance in SN job satisfaction. Nursing implications and recommendations for instrument revision and future research were suggested.


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