Nurse Manager Behaviors That RNs Perceive to Affect Their Job Satisfaction

Rebecca A. Feather, Patricia Ebright, Tamilyn Bakas

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Purpose: Nurse manager behaviors and job satisfaction are commonly addressed in the literature; however, registered nurse (RN) perceptions of nurse manager behaviors provide a unique perspective that may inform future strategies designed to enhance RN job satisfaction. In this paper, the perceptions of RNs were explored through focus groups to learn the behaviors of nurse managers that most influence RNs' job satisfaction. Methods: Five focus groups were conducted through semi-structured interviews of a total of 28 RNs to provide data that were coded through qualitative content analysis for themes. Findings: The findings provide nurse managers with data related to the perceptions of RNs and the behaviors of managers that influence job satisfaction. The findings identified two conceptual categories of RN perceptions of nurse manager behaviors: manager behaviors supportive of RNs (communication, respect, and feeling cared for) plus the RNs' perceived disconnect of work issues from the manager's role. Conclusion: Findings support past research in relation to the perceptions of RNs wanting to be respected, included in communication, and the need to feel cared for by nurse managers to have higher levels of job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Forum
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Behavior
  • Engagement
  • Job satisfaction
  • Manager

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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