Title

The impact of supervisor-subordinate relationships on public and private sector nurses

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Brunetto, Y, Farr-Wharton, R & Shacklock, K 2010, 'The impact of supervisor-subordinate relationships on public and private sector nurses' commitment ', Human Resource Management Journal, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 206-225.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00117.x

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This paper used leader–member exchange theory as a lens for comparing the impact of the supervisor–subordinate relationship on public and private nurses' perceptions of morale and affective commitment.Many countries that are part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are experiencing nurse shortages, and this theoretical framework proved insightful into factors contributing to turnover. The findings suggested that private sector nurses are significantly more satisfied with their supervision, enjoy greater morale and are more committed to their organisations. However, both groups were only slightly satisfied with their supervisor–subordinate relationships, implying that present management practices are not ideal for promoting effective workplace relationships. Implications for health-care management are discussed.