The aim of the present study is to determine whether or not nurses perceived their nurse managers as authentic leaders. The study was conducted with 309 nurses recruited using stratified sampling method among nurses (n=1569) who worked in the hospitals in the city center of Trabzon. It was found that 53.7% of the nurses had bachelor's/postgraduate degrees, 77.7% of them had 4A personnel cadre and 59.5% of them worked in the public hospitals. Authentic leadership mean score of the nurse managers was 3.968 +/- 0.592. Those nurses, who worked in the private hospitals, were satisfied with their clinic and working with their nurse managers, perceived their nurse managers as moral, innovative, proficient and democratic managers and thus as more authentic leaders in terms of total score and subscale scores and these results were statistically consistent (p<0.05). Especially the nurses who worked in the private hospitals and other nurses perceived nurse managers as authentic leaders.