• acculturation;
  • Asian nurses;
  • collectivist orientation;
  • organisational commitment

liou s.-r., tsai h.-m. & cheng c.-y. (2013) Journal of Nursing Management 21, 614–623

Acculturation, collectivist orientation and organisational commitment among Asian nurses working in the US healthcare system

Aim  To examine the relationships between acculturation, collectivist orientation and organisational commitment among Asian nurses in US hospitals.

Background  Few studies have explored these three variables together in the same study and examined their statuses and mutual relationship among Asian nurses in Western hospitals.

Method  The study was a cross-sectional design using snowball sampling. A total of 195 Asian nurses participated. The collectivist orientation scale, organisational commitment questionnaire and acculturation factors were used to collect data. Pearson correlation, anova and regression were used to analyse the data.

Results  Most participants were female Filipinos with a mean age of 39.92 and a bachelor’s degree and stayed in the USA for 13.35 years. They used and preferred to use both their mother language and English, identified themselves as Oriental or Asian and culturally, viewed themselves as very or mostly Asian. Participants scored high on collectivism and commitment. Collectivism was significantly correlated with commitment but did not mediate acculturation factors and commitment.

Conclusion  To increase Asian nurses’ commitment, it is important that administrators understand their cultural values and provide them with a cultural competent and sensitive environment.

Implications for nursing management  Healthcare administrators can increase Asian nurses’ commitment through understanding their needs and attitudes toward their job and organisation.