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An Exploration of the Impact of Budgetary Cuts on the Psychological Contracts of Nurses

Nolan, Laura (2012) An Exploration of the Impact of Budgetary Cuts on the Psychological Contracts of Nurses. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This study explores the current state of the psychological contract of nurses in relation to the aftermath of the recession and consequential budget cuts over the past few years, and offers a snap shot in time of the effects of the most recent 2012 budget. It explores whether there has been an impact on nurses attitude towards their work at this particular moment in time. The literature review refers to the types of psychological contract as well as various aspects including possible perceived braches or violations resulting in attitudinal or behavioural changes. The elements of trust and commitment are discussed as relevant to the psychological contract. Findings of this study convey the current needs and expectations of the nurses in the employment relationship and whether there is a perceived breach of the employer’s obligations. The findings also convey whether the nurses’ attitude or commitment towards their work has been affected and if any new skills have been acquired to meet the increased workload. This research contributes to the literature review and adds value to the topic of psychological contract. The limitations of the study, and possible directions for future research, are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Industrial Psychology > The Psychological Contract
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ni Mhaicin
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 16:54
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 17:14

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