Perceptions of preceptors' authentic leadership and final year nursing students' self-efficacy, job satisfaction, and job performance

Venise Bryan, Joan Vitello-Cicciu

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    Abstract

    Background: Preceptors are integral to the transition process of student nurses to licensed nurses. Preceptors are leaders who could utilize authentic leadership to help foster self-awareness and positive relationships and build capacity with student nurses. Purpose: Investigating the relationship between perceived preceptor authentic leadership and final year nursing students' self-efficacy, job satisfaction and performance. Methods: This correlational study used data collected from 94 pre-licensure final semester baccalaureate and licensed practical nursing students from three different schools about preceptors' authentic leadership, self-efficacy, job satisfaction and performance. Mediated multiple regression analysis was used to examine the association between perceived preceptors' authentic leadership, self-efficacy, job satisfaction and performance. Results: Preceptors were perceived to demonstrate authentic leadership (M = 3.21, SD = 0.68). Students' self-efficacy increased post preceptorship (t(93) = 3.96, p <.001), and authentic leadership was associated with self-efficacy (r = 0.46, p <.001) and job satisfaction (r = 0.49, p <.001). Self-efficacy mediated the relationship between job performance and authentic leadership. Conclusions: Authentic leadership has positive implications for preceptorship and nursing students' self-efficacy, job satisfaction and performance, which could enhance nurse retention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)81-87
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
    Volume41
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul. 2022

    Keywords

    • Authentic leadership
    • Job performance
    • Job satisfaction
    • Nursing students
    • Preceptorship
    • Self-efficacy

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