Psychological attachment to nursing in the early career: occupational commitment profiles, motivational patterns, retention, and performance

Mark John Somers, Dee Birnbaum, Linda Finch, Jose Casal

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Abstract

This purpose of this study was to use occupational commitment profiles to study the vocational education of student nurses to gain new insights into their motivational patterns, performance, and retention. Three occupational commitment profile groups, based on the relative levels of the affective, continuance, and normative commitment mindsets were observed: affective dominant, moderately committed and continuance-normative dominant. These profile groups varied in terms of their motivational patterns and orientation towards a nursing career and academic performance, but did not differ with respect to persistence in nursing school. The implications of our results for building commitment to nursing during vocational training and in managing the nursing shortage were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-518
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
Volume71
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

Keywords

  • Occupational commitment
  • commitment profiles
  • nursing careers
  • person centred research

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