J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2014 Dec;23(4):242-249. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2014.23.4.242.

Effect of Self-leadership Recognized by Newly-employed Nurses on Job Satisfaction: Mediating Effect of Organizational Commitment

  • 1College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea. aromasoo@hanmail.net


This study was done to provide fundamental data required to establish interventions to enhance job satisfaction of newly-employed nurses by understanding the relationship between self-leadership, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction, and by identifying mediating effects of organizational commitment.
Research participants were 210 nurses from four university hospitals and who had less than 12 months of work experience. Data were collected from September 27 to November 4, 2013 through self-administered questionnaires and analyzed using SPSS/WIN 19.0 and AMOS 19.0. Sobel tests were conducted to determine the significance of mediation in the model.
Self-leadership and organizational commitment, self-leadership and job satisfaction, organizational commitment and organizational satisfaction were positively correlated. Organizational commitment mediated the relationship between self-leadership and job satisfaction.
Study results indicate greater organizational commitment and job satisfaction with results in higher self-leadership, and better job satisfaction results in more organizational commitment. Results also reveal that self-leadership has a direct influence on increases in job satisfaction as well as, indirectly influencing job satisfaction through organizational commitment as a mediator, confirming the need to develop intervention programs that enhance self-leadership and organizational commitment as a practical effort to increase job satisfaction in newly-employed nurses at their clinical practice sites.


Nurses; Leadership; Job satisfaction; Mediating effect; Organization

MeSH Terms

Hospitals, University
Job Satisfaction*
Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Figure 1 Research model: partially mediated model (standardized beta weight).


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