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Health SA Gesondheid (Online)

On-line version ISSN 2071-9736
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BAGRAIM, Jeffrey J.. Commitment and the emigration intentions of South African professional nurses. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.1, pp.1-7. ISSN 2071-9736.

The emigration of skilled nurses from South Africa exacerbates the crisis in the provision of public health services. A descriptive, quantitative design was applied to investigate the relationship between intention to emigrate and employee commitment. Over 400 registered nurses (N = 419), working within public sector tertiary hospitals in the Western Cape, responded to a cross-sectional survey questionnaire. Three foci of employee commitment (organisational, professional and national) were examined but only national commitment significantly helped predict intention to emigrate from South Africa in the regression model (beta = -0.0525, p < 0.0001). The implications of the results obtained in this study are discussed.

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