The Mediating Role of Organization Engagement on Perceived Supervisor Support and Intention to Leave (Case study: Faghihi Hospital in Shiraz)

Document Type: Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of public Management (policy making), University of Hormozgan, Bandar Abbas, Iran

2 Phd of policy making, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

3 Research Fellow, AOBM, Tehran, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, College of Farabi, University of Tehran, Iran


Background- Regarding the importance of health care providers such as nurses who have always been in stressful environment, it is clearly important for the hospital administration to employ supportive behaviors and create much more supportive atmosphere for the nurses who are reportedly sensitive and responsive to the situation in which they work. So the conclusions are particularly useful for Hospitals.
Objectives- The aim of this study is to test an exploratory model by investigating the mediating effect of organization engagement in relationship between perceived supervisor support and intention to leave.
Methods- This is a cross sectional quantitative study. To test some proposed hypotheses, a random sample of nurses working at Faghihi Hospital (n=179) completed a standard survey questionnaire consisting of questions about their perceived supervisor support, intention to leave as well as organization engagement. For testing the hypotheses of the study, results were analyzed through Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling using LISREL 8.8 based on t-value significant levels of higher or lower than respectively +1.96 and -1.96.
Results- The data revealed high reliability and validity thus suitable for further analyses. SEM revealed that supervisor support is indirectly and negatively related to intention to leave through organization engagement. The proposed direct link between supervisor support and intention to leave was not proven significant (-1.96≤t-value≤+1.96). 
Conclusions- This article contributes to the literature by being the first to study the mediating effect of organization engagement on perceived supervisor support and intention to leave in the context of a Hospital in Shiraz.