The significance of the study to nursing is as follows. First, the research indicates how leadership styles affect the output at work. For instance, the study identifies how various possible outcomes are likely to turn out depending on what leadership styles one employs in a working environment. Identifying the strong points and the weak points of various leadership styles employed by, the people involved in the management of nursing affairs are better placed to train leaders along an established direction that would best deliver results and keep the nurses contented. It appears that the paradigm which the authors used in approaching the study was positivism.
The authors were concerned with exploring a social reality which in this case was how leadership styles do impact on the psychosocial working environment of registered nurses. The paradigm adopted was to assist in finding out the research problems and by using questionnaires which targeted the actual registered nurses already in the field, one may observed that the method okay. This is because the method allowed the nurses to make their entries based on their observation of their working environment and experience.
Therefore, there was a good match between the paradigm and the research problem. Theoretical Aspect One may also note that the authors mention the theoretical framework that they used in the study. In this study, Malloy and Penprase had used a model used by Bruce Avolo and Bernard Bass in 1990. In this theoretical framework, Avolo and Bass had used a continuum of leadership style. Malloy and Penprase adopted this theoretical framework to analyze the components of transformational leadership, transactional leadership and passive avoidance leadership.
One may note that with the objectives of the research, the theoretical framework lent guided the study and therefore did not diminish the value of the study. Ethical Aspect Given that the study was conducted by the Qualitative Assurance Department of the government agency, it assumed that permission was sought formerly along the government bureaucracy since there is no mentioning of such. The consent of the 122 nurses interviewed through questionnaires was consulted for consent prior to the study. This was consistent with ethical practices in research. During the study, the researcher also took measures to protect the participants from any possible harm, discomfort and psychological stress.
One may observe that the 122 nurses who participated in the research did that out of their own volition.