Date of Award

Spring 2019

Project Type

Clinical Doctorate

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First Advisor

Joanne Samuels

Second Advisor

Marianne Ditomassi


The role of the nurse leader is crucial to the success of any healthcare organization. Recognition of the importance of a high performing leadership style and measuring the characteristics to better understand the interpretation and influence of the leadership success is paramount. There is limited research on the nurse leader perception of themselves and the journey to evolve to a higher level of development. Magnet Recognition® has been a major influence in recognizing the critical role of transformational level of nursing leadership performance.

This project was aimed to engage nurse directors (NDs) to participate in a self-evaluation and collect baseline leadership assessment information using the Nelson and Burns Framework for High Performance Programming (HPP) Model (Appendix A) to evaluate each of the Magnet® Model components.One leadership performance metric was identified to determine if there is a relationship between self-reported high performing leadership and registered nurse turnover rate. A correlational design using a self-reported survey with convenience sampling was used for this quantitative study.