Date of Award

Fall 12-10-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS)



Committee Chair

Yvonne Eaves

First Committee Member

Richard Sowell

Second Committee Member

Herman (Gene) Ray

Third Committee Member

Nancy Ballard


The value of a healthcare organization is vested in the expertise, intellect, and wisdom of employees. Nursing knowledge resides both within the individual nurse and the collective knowledge embedded in organizational structures and practice environments. Healthcare organizations rely on their ability to utilize this knowledge to deliver high-quality care to patients. Hospitals wanting to gain a competitive advantage and achieve financial stability must be adept at acquiring, cultivating, and using the nursing knowledge stocks of the organization. When this knowledge can be utilized to mitigate healthcare issues and improve patients' health, this collective knowledge or intellectual capital is often the most critical organizational asset. Nursing intellectual capital is so vital because the work of professional nurses involves making critical life and death decisions. Like other intangible organizational assets, nursing knowledge is crucial to measure and manage to assist healthcare organizations in becoming high-performing entities. The purpose of this paper is to use a revised Nursing Intellectual Capital (NIC) Theory to evaluate the relationship between nursing intellectual capital and organizational performance, defined explicitly as nurse turnover. The revised NIC will be utilized to evaluate the relationship between quantitative measures of nursing intellectual capital and nurse turnover.