Many U.S. nurses are having a tough time balancing work and family life, a new study finds.
These struggles could impact on patient care, researchers warn.
"Work-family conflict has significant implications for nurses in terms of personal health, their ability to provide quality care and for the nursing profession itself," study author Joseph Grzywacz, an associate professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest University, said in a prepared statement.
His team surveyed 1,906 registered nurses to find out how common work-family conflict is in the nursing community.
Work-family conflict occurs when work interferes with responsibilities at home or the time spent with family. It can also happen when home life gets in the way of a person's career.
The results of the survey, published in the September issue of Research in Nursing & Health, suggested that work-life conflict is common among nurses.