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The Relationship between Organisational Commitment and Burnout: A Comparative Study of Nurses from a Health Care Service

1Queensland University of Technology, Nursing Faculty

American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019, Vol. 7 No. 5, 732-750
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-7-5-7
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Alotni Majid Ali S. The Relationship between Organisational Commitment and Burnout: A Comparative Study of Nurses from a Health Care Service. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2019; 7(5):732-750. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-7-5-7.

Correspondence to: Alotni  Majid Ali S, Queensland University of Technology, Nursing Faculty. Email:


Purpose: this study examined the correlation between the burnout and organisational comment in nurses working in health services in different sites. The research would fill a gap in the global literature review by enhancing a perspective of Australian nurses who work in hospitals. Background: low commitment to the organisation and the level of burnout that staff experience would cause absenteeism which then lead to turnover, thereby exacerbating the problems related to recruitment and retention. Research design: This dissertation is based on secondary data that was collected to measure the burnout using MBI scale, and organisational commitment, using OCQ scale of 150 nurses in different six hospitals. Method: Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Cronbach Alpha tests were applied to the OCQ followed by Bivariate Analysis to discover the relationship between organisational commitment measured by OCQ and Burnout measured by MBI. Result: two-dimensions for the Organisational Commitment Questionnaire was obtained: value Commitment & Commitment to stay, with acceptable internal consistency and reliability measurement. A correlations among OCQ subscales and MBI scales was revealed. Discussion: the study rejects the claim of first developer and confirmed the multidimensionality of OCQ and compatibility of this result to AL-Yami et al and Angle and Perry Organisational commitment and burnout are reversely related despite of the Personal Accomplishment subscale is ineffective. Practical and managerial implications: This will help create understanding of nurses’ needs and make use of the findings to minimize negative outcomes. Outcomes from this study provide further support for nursing managers to understand the organisational factors that influence the level of burnout in nurses.