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Nurses’ reciprocation of perceived organizational support: the moderating role of psychological contract breach

Talat Islam (Hailey College of Banking and Finance, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Mubbsher Munawar Khan (Hailey College of Banking and Finance, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Fauzia Naheed Khawaja (Hailey College of Banking and Finance, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Zulfqar Ahmad (Hailey College of Commerce, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

ISSN: 2056-4902

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The nursing profession demands emotional and psychological attachment to perform well. Nurses should not only engage in their work thoroughly, but also be willing to perform beyond their normal job descriptions. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine the role of perceived organizational support (POS) in enhancing nurses work engagement (WE) and extra-role behavior (i.e. OCB).

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a questionnaire-based survey to collect data from 389 nurses.

Findings

The study found that the relationships among POS, WE, and citizenship behavior may further be explained through affective commitment (AC); whereas the association between POS and AC is moderated by the psychological contract breach.

Research limitations/implications

The data for this study was collected through self-reported questionnaires at one point of time. The implications for the policy makers are also discussed.

Originality/value

This study integrates job demand resource and social exchange theories in the healthcare sector to explain the nurses’ response to POS.

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Citation

Islam, T., Khan, M.M., Khawaja, F.N. and Ahmad, Z. (2017), "Nurses’ reciprocation of perceived organizational support: the moderating role of psychological contract breach", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 123-131. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-12-2016-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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