Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Human Resource Education

Document Type



Employee engagement (EE) is a problem across all industries and is especially troublesome in the nursing profession. However the existing literature, both within and outside nursing professional publications, does not offer explicit solutions for combatting the current EE dilemma. The primary purpose of this study was to test a researcher-developed causal model linking Leader Facilitated Workplace Learning (LFWL), Leader-Member Exchange (LMX), and EE. LFWL, a new construct, was proposed as an antecedent for LMX and EE. Furthermore, LFWL was posited to have a moderating effect on the LMX and EE relationship. The model was tested using structural equation modeling (SEM). The study sample was direct patient care registered nurses (n=589) employed by a large Magnet® designated regional medical center in a metropolitan city in southeast Louisiana. Three of the four hypotheses presented in this study were supported by the model. With respect to the first two hypotheses, statistically significant positive relationships were found between LFWL and EE and between LFWL and LMX. The third hypothesis, which suggested a positive relationship between quality LMX and EE, was not supported by the model. Instead, a statistically significant negative relationship between LMX and EE was found. The fourth hypothesis was supported by the model, which demonstrated that LFWL and LMX have a statistically significant moderating effect on EE.



Committee Chair

Bates, Reid A.