Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Boeve, Ed.D. , Wallace


This study examined the relationship of work stressors and perceived organizational support on work engagement for nurse managers in geriatric care practice settings. A non-experimental descriptive, cross sectional design examined the relationship in nurse managers working for member organizations of two Minnesota aging services trade associations: LeadingAge and Care Providers. Four instruments measured work engagement, work stressors, and perceived organizational support. Study instruments were: (1) the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES); (2) the Challenge-Hindrance Stressor Scale (CHSS); (3) the Survey of Perceived Organizational Support (SPOS); and (4) the Practice Environment Scale – Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) developed by Kramer and Hafner (1989). The study sample included 185 nurse managers working in geriatric care. Statistically significant findings include: 1) a negative correlation between work stressors and work engagement; 2) older (chronological age) nurse managers reported higher work engagement, and 3) nurse managers in geriatric care settings report less stress than nurse managers working in acute care settings. This study is the first to compare and demonstrate diversity in nurse manager preceptions unique to care setting and generational cohort.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation