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Lee and Kim: Effects of Relational Bonds and Professional Authority in the Organizational Commitment of Intensive Care Unit Nurses



The aim of this study was to define the effects of relational bonds and professional authority in organizational commitment of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses.


A questionnaire was distributed to 200 ICU nurses working in 3 tertiary hospitals. The survey content included the Organizational Commitment Questionnaire (OCQ), Relational Bond Questionnaire (RBQ) and Schutzenhofer Professional Nurse Autonomy Scale (SPNA).


The score for OCQ was 2.59, for RBQ, 3.23, and for SPNA, 2.93. Organizational commitment was related to relational bonds (β=0.45; p<.001; SE=0.08). These factors accounted for 21.6% of the variability in organizational commitment.


Results indicate that ICU nurses' organizational commitment could be improved through increasing relational bonds and retaining experienced nurses which suggests a need to develop work systems designed to increase and maintain high relational bonds in ICU nurses.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

General Characteristics of the Participants (N=166)

Table 2

Descriptive Statistics of Research Variables (N=166)

Table 3

Differences of Study Variables by Participants' General Characteristics (N=166)

Table 4

Correlation among Study Variables


Prof. D=Professional development; Pers. D=Personal development.

Table 5

Multiple Regression Analysis for Predictors of Organizational Commitment



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