The influence of authentic leadership and empowerment on new-graduate nurses' perceptions of interprofessional collaboration

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine new-graduate nurses' perceptions of the influence of authentic leadership and structural empowerment on the quality of interprofessional collaboration in healthcare work environments.

BACKGROUND: Although the challenges associated with true interprofessional collaboration are well documented, new-graduate nurses may feel particularly challenged in becoming contributing members. Little research exists to inform nurse leaders' efforts to facilitate effective collaboration in acute care settings.

METHODS: A predictive nonexperimental design was used to test a model integrating authentic leadership and workplace empowerment as resources that support interprofessional collaboration.

RESULTS: Multiple regression analysis revealed that 24% of the variance in perceived interprofessional collaboration was explained by unit-leader authentic leadership and structural empowerment (R = 0.24, F = 29.55, P = .001). Authentic leadership (β = .294) and structural empowerment (β = .288) were significant independent predictors.

CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that authentic leadership and structural empowerment may promote interprofessional collaborative practice in new nurses.

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Laschinger, Heather K S
Smith, Lesley Marie
Journal Citation: 
Journal of Nursing Administration. 43(1):24-9, 2013 Jan.