Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Work life conflict in nurses

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Getting the balance between work and life right in any modern career is tricky but nursing is one of the jobs where this becomes acute due to the nature of the work, the often long hours of work and the anti-social nature of shift work.  This leads people to leave their jobs leading to turnover and shortage of nurses.


A study from Taiwan by Chen et al. (2105) titled: 'Work-to-family conflict as a mediator of the relationship between job satisfaction and turnover intention' and published in JAN aimed to: 'investigate the mediating effect of work-to-family conflict on the relationship between job satisfaction and turnover intention among licensed nurses in long-term care settings.'

The study surveyed 186 nurses about their job satisfaction, work-to-family conflict and their intention to leave their job. Intention to leave was  related to both work-to-family conflict and to job satisfaction such that the less satisfied nurses were the more likely they were to leave and the more work-to-life conflict they had, the more likely they were to leave and some of the intention to leave due to low job satisfaction was exacerbated by work-to-family conflict.  The authors conclude that: 'administrators have generally focused only on developing strategies to increase nurse satisfaction with their jobs and reduce turnover. Such strategies may not be effective because nurse demographics are changing and more nurses now belong to dual-earner families or single-parent families' and 'strategies that reduce or prevent work-to-family conflict can lessen the turnover rate and improve job satisfaction...'

You can listen to this as a podcast.

Reference

Chen I-H, Brown R, Bowesr BJ, Chang WY (2015) Work-to-family conflict as a mediator of the relationship between job satisfaction and turnover intention Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.1111/jan.12706

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