Study: Nurses Struggle to Balance Work, Family

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    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.

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    Last edit by brian on Sep 19, '06
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    I am currently on maternity leave and feeling very anxious about going back to working 12 hour shifts and leaving my breastfeeding infant at home. I wish our hospital had an onsite day care so that I could take my breaks there and not feel like I am abandoning my baby. I am going to find a way to make it work-does anyone work at a hospital that has onsite daycare? Is it good or are there problems that come along with it?
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    I have just the reverse problem. My job interfers with my personel life. It happens in several ways but the biggest problem is a depression like state that comes over me caused by my experiences at the hospital. Most the time I can shake it off in a day or two but sometimes it hangs on for quite a while. It has forced me to retire from nursing for as much as three years. I actually have experienced PTS like symptoms and been suicidal, took six months off to get me back to my happy self that time. AS for my personal life, after 40 years of marriage I got the family thing completely under control. To all the managers, educators and CEOs who treated me like a subhuman. The best revenge is a happy life. My stable marriage and well adjusted adult children as opposed to your 3 divorces and children that won't speak to you says that my way of doing things is right and yours sucks.
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    great post oramar


    NEVER let work interfere w/ family...Raising kids is far more important than a job
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    to try and keep the conflict to a minimum I spent over 20 of the last 30+ years working 11p-7a, it worked for my family but was not easy. Now I am doing one of those management jobs and trying to be as flexible as I can for the staff. Since one of my daughters is a nurse with the same issues I can really feel the staff's frustration at times.
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    Quote from oramar
    I have just the reverse problem. My job interfers with my personel life. It happens in several ways but the biggest problem is a depression like state that comes over me caused by my experiences at the hospital. Most the time I can shake it off in a day or two but sometimes it hangs on for quite a while. It has forced me to retire from nursing for as much as three years. I actually have experienced PTS like symptoms and been suicidal, took six months off to get me back to my happy self that time. AS for my personal life, after 40 years of marriage I got the family thing completely under control. To all the managers, educators and CEOs who treated me like a subhuman. The best revenge is a happy life. My stable marriage and well adjusted adult children as opposed to your 3 divorces and children that won't speak to you says that my way of doing things is right and yours sucks.
    :yeahthat:
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    Quote from oramar
    I have just the reverse problem. My job interfers with my personel life. It happens in several ways but the biggest problem is a depression like state that comes over me caused by my experiences at the hospital. Most the time I can shake it off in a day or two but sometimes it hangs on for quite a while. It has forced me to retire from nursing for as much as three years. I actually have experienced PTS like symptoms and been suicidal, took six months off to get me back to my happy self that time. AS for my personal life, after 40 years of marriage I got the family thing completely under control. To all the managers, educators and CEOs who treated me like a subhuman. The best revenge is a happy life. My stable marriage and well adjusted adult children as opposed to your 3 divorces and children that won't speak to you says that my way of doing things is right and yours sucks.
    yup. No one ever puts on their tombstone, "I wish I had spent more time at work."
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    oramar- good post! So glad that no matter how long the list of people you worked with who made work life difficult,that you managed to get your priorities straight and have a good home life to prove it! That certainly IS the best revenge...and to original OP: I find this study interesting but I have a twist to offer: I do NOT think its just nursing. I think its all Moms trying to work and juggle both (unless they just do part-time low stress stuff, which I highly recommend when it can be done!). I watch my daughter juggling teaching with new baby and breastfeeding, and all the guilt and balancing act and with her husband's commute, how they never see each other and so on and so on. Its just plain DIFFICULT to be a working Mom and that's all there is. That's why in nursing school I've been so impressed with all the students who do that PLUS have several little ones at home...I know that they NEVER sleep!! Of course, the other posters also point out that incredibly high pressures unique to nursing, which include heart ache and critical decision making pressure, make it even HARDER for working Moms!


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