Resilience and Work-life Balance in First-line Nurse Manager

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Miyoung Kim, RN, PhD ; Carol Windsor, RN, PhD (2015)
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Journal: Asian Nursing Research, volume 9, issue 1, pages 21-27 (issn: 1976-1317)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.anr.2014.09.003
  • Subject: RT1-120 | Medicine(all) | Nursing | qualitative research | interview | psychological resilience | nurse managers

Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore how first-line nurse managers constructed the meaning of resilience and its relationship to work-life balance for nurses in Korea. Methods: Participants were 20 first-line nurse managers working in six university hospitals. Data were collected through in-depth interviews from December 2011 to August 2012, and analyzed using Strauss and Corbin's grounded theory method. Results: Analysis revealed that participants perceived work-life balance and resilience to be shaped by dynamic, reflective processes. The features consisting resilience included “positive thinking”, “flexibility”, “assuming responsibility”, and “separating work and life”. This perception of resilience has the potential to facilitate a shift in focus from negative to positive experiences, from rigidity to flexibility, from task-centered to person-centered thinking, and from the organization to life. Conclusions: Recognizing the importance of work-life balance in producing and sustaining resilience in first-line nurse managers could increase retention in the Korean nursing workforce.
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