Psychological contract fulfilment, engagement and intention to leave the nursing profession

Sheehan, C, Tham, T, Holland, P and Cooper, B 2019, 'Psychological contract fulfilment, engagement and intention to leave the nursing profession', International Journal of Manpower, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 2-16.


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Title Psychological contract fulfilment, engagement and intention to leave the nursing profession
Author(s) Sheehan, C
Tham, T
Holland, P
Cooper, B
Year 2019
Journal name International Journal of Manpower
Volume number 40
Issue number 1
Start page 2
End page 16
Total pages 15
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the effect of nurses experience of the fulfilment of their psychological contract on their intention to leave the nursing profession and to consider employee engagement as a mediator between the fulfilment of the psychological contract of nurses and their intention to leave their profession. Design/methodology/approach: The authors used a quantitative, cross-sectional research design. In total, 1,039 Australian nurses completed an anonymous online survey conducted via the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation website. Structural equation modelling was used to test the hypotheses. Findings: The fulfilment of promises related to interesting job content and social atmosphere were negatively associated with intentions to leave the nursing profession, and these relationships were mediated by engagement. The fulfilment of promises related to career development, financial rewards and worklife balance were not associated with intentions to leave the nursing profession. Research limitations/implications To ensure professional nurse retention, it is necessary to not just promise nurses interesting jobs and a supportive social atmosphere, but to manage nurse perceptions regarding the fulfilment of these promises. Originality/value: Although there has been extensive research on nurse intention to leave their current job, the important area of nurse professional turnover has received less attention. The research highlights the importance of fulfilling expectations and promises related to interesting nurse job content that encourages nurse responsibility and autonomy as well as promises of a social atmosphere that includes co-operative relationships and good communication with colleagues.
Subject Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) engagement
psychological contracts
nurses
professional turnover intention
DOI - identifier 10.1108/IJM-08-2017-0211
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ISSN 0143-7720
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