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This study examined the relationship of managerial strategy and nursing commitment in Australian hospitals The general principles of managerial strategy and employee response were illustrated and the meaning of commitment and resistance were defined Data were collected by questionnaire survey and interviews The result demonstrated that the middle manager/nurse unit manager played an important role in generating nursing commitment in the workplace Trust and identification were the most relevant components of nursing commitment However, the study also found that there was still a high degree of distrust between senior management and nurses Change strategies which nurse managers could apply to promote greater organizational commitment in nursing are discussed