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The Linkage Between Psychological Capital and Commitment to Organizational Mission: A Study of Nurses

Luthans, Kyle W. PhD; Jensen, Susan M. PhD

Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2005 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 304–310

A variety of studies demonstrate a clear linkage between the positive psychological capacities of employees and desirable workplace outcomes. However, to date, little empirical research exists which has examined this relationship. Given current and projected challenges in healthcare industry, the need for nurses who are committed to the mission of their organization has never been more critical. The authors report findings from a study designed to examine the important linkage between nurses' self-reported positive psychological capital (PsyCap) and their “intentions to stay” as well as their supervisors' ratings of their commitment to the mission of the organization. The authors found a highly significant positive relationship between PsyCap and the “intentions to stay” and commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the hospital. Practical implications for effectively managing PsyCap in the workplace are presented.

Associate Professor (Dr Luthans), Assistant Professor (Dr Jensen), Department of Management, University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Corresponding author: Dr Luthans, Department of Management, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849 (

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.