Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1998

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)




Mary R. Hassett


The purpose of this investigation was to identify the perceived and desired management styles of rural hospital staff nurses and the relationship to job satisfaction. A non-experimental, cross-sectional survey design was utilized, targeting staff nurses (N=72) in two rural hospitals. One hospital was a for profit acute care facility, and the second was a not-for-profit acute care facility. Rensis Likert's management systems theory and Herzberg's two factor motivation-hygiene theory was used as a conceptual framework. Likert's management theory describes four types of management styles with varying degrees of participation. Herzberg's motivators are associated with job satisfaction. Absence of these motivators can lead to job dissatisfaction. The management style perceived by staff nurses was benevolent-authoritative. The staff nurses desired a participative style of management. The investigation revealed a positive correlation (r =.42, p =.0003) between perceived management style and job satisfaction. The closer the management style was to participative the higher the level of job satisfaction.


Copyright 1998 Lynnetta F. Stout


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