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Organisational culture of hospitals to predict turnover intentions of professional nurses

E Jacobs
G Roodt


The objective of this study was to determine if organisational culture predicts turnover intentions of professional nurses. A predictive model with organisational culture and various proposed mediating variables, namely knowledge sharing, organisational commitment, organisational citisenship behaviour and job satisfaction, as well as various
demographic variables was developed to determine turnover intentions through applying General Linear Modelling. A correlational design with questionnaires was used. A sample of professional nurses (N = 530) in private and provincial hospitals was obtained. The results indicate that organisational culture has a significantly negative correlation with
turnover intentions. Organisational culture also interacted with job satisfaction, knowledge sharing, and the white professional nurses' category to decrease turnover intentions and with Organisational Citisen Behaviours to increase turnover intentions in a final predictive model. It is therefore recommended that nursing employers seriously embark
on strategies to improve the organisational culture to retain their talent.

Keywords: organisational culture; turnover intentions; professional nurses; general linear modelling; retention strategy

Health SA Gesondheid Vol. 13 (1) 2008: pp. 63-78