Work-Life Balance: Motivations and Obstacles to Work for Injured Hospital Nurses

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303881
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Work-Life Balance: Motivations and Obstacles to Work for Injured Hospital Nurses
Author(s):
Mullen, Kathleen
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Kathleen Mullen, PhD, RN, kathleen.rn@gmail.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine motivations and obstacles experienced by hospital nurses who endeavor to work after injury by focusing on the injury experience, work climate, risk of re-injury, workers' compensation, and issues related to personal lifestyle.'

Methods: 'Motivations and Obstacles to Work for the Injured Hospital Nurse (MORE Nurses Study), used ground theory methodology including coding and conceptualization in the analysis of the data. Nurse participants (n =16) provided patient care in two different medical centers in California; however, four received their nursing education outside the United States. The sample included nurses married, with families, and those who were single.'

Results: Nurses were able to clearly articulate examples of work-life balance and gave vivid descriptions of their motivations to gain/regain a balance between work and home demands.'Participants reported fear of injury based on their own experiences and witnessing career-ending injuries to co-workers. Many were reluctant to report an injury for reasons related to stigma of disability, desensitization of self-needs, and their loyalty as nurses to provide patient care. Conceptual sub-categories emerged from the data.' From them, the conceptual description of nursing together'represented the connections nurses share, which motivate them to work after injury. '

Conclusions: Nurses are compelled to do their work based on deep beliefs related to the importance of caring for another human being in need. The degree to which nurses personally connect with nursing as something more than a job, influences their perseverance to maintain work, the quality of the patient care they delivery, where they chose to work, connections with co-workers, and how they balance these demands with their family and community identity. Such connections are essential in determining whether nurses will find ways to'nurse together'in the physically and emotionally demanding hospital setting while striving to find a satisfying balance with their life outside of work.

Keywords:
Injured hospital nurse; Work-life balance; Work environment
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleWork-Life Balance: Motivations and Obstacles to Work for Injured Hospital Nursesen
dc.contributor.authorMullen, Kathleenen
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsKathleen Mullen, PhD, RN, kathleen.rn@gmail.comen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303881-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b><b>Purpose: </b> </b>The aim of this study was to examine motivations and obstacles experienced by hospital nurses who endeavor to work after injury by focusing on the injury experience, work climate, risk of re-injury, workers' compensation, and issues related to personal lifestyle.' <p><b><b>Methods: </b> </b>'Motivations and Obstacles to Work for the Injured Hospital Nurse (MORE Nurses Study), used ground theory methodology including coding and conceptualization in the analysis of the data. Nurse participants (n =16) provided patient care in two different medical centers in California; however, four received their nursing education outside the United States. The sample included nurses married, with families, and those who were single.' <p><b><b>Results: </b> </b>Nurses were able to clearly articulate examples of work-life balance and gave vivid descriptions of their motivations to gain/regain a balance between work and home demands.'Participants reported fear of injury based on their own experiences and witnessing career-ending injuries to co-workers. Many were reluctant to report an injury for reasons related to stigma of disability, desensitization of self-needs, and their loyalty as nurses to provide patient care. Conceptual sub-categories emerged from the data.' From them, the conceptual description of n<i>ursing together'</i>represented the connections nurses share, which motivate them to work after injury. ' <p><b><b>Conclusions: </b> </b>Nurses are compelled to do their work based on deep beliefs related to the importance of caring for another human being in need. The degree to which nurses personally connect with nursing as something more than a job, influences their perseverance to maintain work, the quality of the patient care they delivery, where they chose to work, connections with co-workers, and how they balance these demands with their family and community identity. Such connections are essential in determining whether nurses will find ways to'<i>nurse together</i>'in the physically and emotionally demanding hospital setting while striving to find a satisfying balance with their life outside of work.en
dc.subjectInjured hospital nurseen
dc.subjectWork-life balanceen
dc.subjectWork environmenten
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:25:05Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:25:05Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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