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Nurs Ethics. 2014 May;21(3):278-88. doi: 10.1177/0969733013493215. Epub 2013 Sep 9.

Nurses' perception of ethical climate and organizational commitment.

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Medical Ethics and Law Research Center of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.


The high turnover of nurses has become a universal issue. The manner in which nurses view their organization's ethical climate has direct bearing on their organizational commitment. The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between nurses' perception of ethical climate and organizational commitment in teaching hospitals in the southeastern region of Iran. A descriptive analytical design was used in this study. The sample consisted of 275 nurses working in four teaching hospitals in the southeastern region of Iran. The instruments used in this study included a demographic questionnaire, Ethical Climate Questionnaire, and Organizational Commitment Questionnaire. Data analysis was carried out using Pearson's correlation, t-test, and descriptive statistic through Statistical Package for Social Science, version 16. The result of this research indicated a positive correlation among professionalism, caring, rules, independence climate, and organizational commitment. Therefore, findings of this study are a guideline for researchers and managers alike who endeavor to improve organizational commitment.


Affective commitment; continuance commitment; ethical climate; normative commitment; nurses

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