Let's be professional about this: ideology and the psychological contracts of registered nurses

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Title Let's be professional about this: ideology and the psychological contracts of registered nurses
Author O'Donohue, Wayne; Nelson, Lindsay
Journal Name Journal of Nursing Management
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract Aims This study explores whether there is evidence of an ideological component in the psychological contracts of professional employees, as well as evidence of credible supporting commitments by their employer. Background Fundamental changes in the employment context have prompted many individuals to seek a closer alignment between themselves and their work, as well as with the organizational and broader societal contexts. For many professional employees identification with their professional ideology is a significant factor in producing such an alignment. Method The study uses an exploratory qualitative approach to analyse interview data collected from a sample of registered nurses employed in an Australian public hospital. Results The analysis identifies psychological contract terms best understood by reference to an ideological currency. It also suggests that the organization is perceived as obligated to provide credible support for that professional contribution, and the perceived lack of such support has significant impacts. Conclusions The findings raise doubts about the utility of the concept of a psychological contract that recognizes only economic and socio-emotional exchanges for understanding the psychological contracts of professional employees.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00715.x
Volume 15
Issue Number 5
Page from 547
Page to 555
ISSN 0966-0429
Date Accessioned 2011-02-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38887
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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