Predicting Nurses' Organizational and Professional Identification: The Effect of Nursing Roles, Professional Autonomy, and Supportive Communication

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Executive SummaryThis research explores the extent to which “nursing roles, professional autonomy, and supportive communication from managers and co-workers predict nurses' organizational and professional identification.”Nurse survey findings revealed that high levels of autonomy and support by managers improved the nurses' identification with the hospital.High levels of autonomy, support by colleagues, and duties focused on traditional bedside care increased nurses' identification with the nursing profession.Interestingly, nurses' support from their nurse manager predicted identification with the hospital, but not with the profession.The implications of this research support current trends in improving nurse recruitment and retention that empower nurses to create and manage their own healthy work environments.Supportive communication that creates trust and expresses appreciation remains an important practice on behalf of organizational leaders.

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