The interrelationship of organizational characteristics of magnet hospitals, nursing leadership, and nursing job satisfaction

Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2003 Apr-Jun;22(2):83-98. doi: 10.1097/00126450-200304000-00002.


This study examined whether magnet hospitals continue to provide higher levels of job satisfaction and empowerment among nurses when compared with non-magnet hospitals. Also studied at both types of hospitals was whether job satisfaction discrepancy was interlinked with leadership effectiveness and support of professional nursing practice. Nurses employed at magnet hospitals experienced higher levels of empowerment and job satisfaction due to greater access to work empowerment structures. The elements accounting for differences in empowerment and job satisfaction scores included: (1) greater accessibility of magnet nurse leaders, (2) better support of clinical nurse autonomous decision making by magnet nurse leaders, and (3) greater access to work empowerment structures such as opportunity, information, and resources at magnet hospitals.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Benchmarking
  • Female
  • Health Services Research
  • Hospital Administration / standards*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Leadership*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Physician-Nurse Relations
  • Power, Psychological
  • Professional Autonomy
  • United States