Extreme work environment and career commitment of nurses: empirical evidence from Egypt and Peru

Mohamed Mousa, Ahmad Arslan, Hala Abdelgaffar, Jean Pierre Seclen Luna, Bernardo Ramon Dante De la Gala Velasquez

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Purpose: This paper aim to analyse the motives behind the commitment of nurses to their profession despite their intense job duties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach: The empirical sample comprises of 35 semi-structured interviews with public sector hospital nurses in under-researched contexts of Egypt and Peru. Findings: Three types of motives were found to play a critical role in nurses’ commitment to their profession despite the difficulties associated with extreme work conditions. These factors include cultural (religious values, governmental coercion), contextual (limited education, organisational support) and personal (good nurse identity, submissive nature) dimensions. Originality/value: This paper is one of the pioneering works to link existing literature streams on career commitment, extreme jobs, extreme context and management under disruptions (particularly COVID-19) by analysing these aspects in the under-researched Peruvian and Egyptian contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-79
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Organizational Analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 12 Jan 2024


  • COVID-19
  • Career commitment
  • Egypt
  • Extreme context
  • Peru
  • Transactional stress model
  • Transactional theory of stress


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