Date of Graduation

Fall 12-6-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Judith Lambton

Second Advisor

Karen Lounsbury

Third Advisor

Juli Maxworthy


The amount of time nurse managers and senior leadership spend with frontline or bedside staff impacts their ability to empower, engage and retain staff. Improving nurse satisfaction in relationship to teamwork, perception of senior leadership and attitude about direct management should be a priority of all organizations. Leaders that recognize the power of an intergenerational and interdisciplinary workforce will be influential for dynamic change and visionary development. Advancing overall teamwork as a nursing department, developing a better rapport with senior leadership and improving the relationship between direct management and front-line nurses is in the best interest of patient care.