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Nurse Retention: Poor Work-Life Balance Causes Nurse Burnout

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 29th, 2014

Anyone who knows a nurse has probably witnessed nurse burnout, a factor that contributes greatly to decreased nurse retention. Work-home conflict appears to contribute significantly to the risk for burnout, according to research published in the April 2004 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Victoria Blom, Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm assessed the impact of work-home interference on burnout, defined as depression, emotional exhaustion, and feeling run down.

Nurse Burnout The researcher observed a significant association between this conflict and burnout, with women perceiving more burnout than men and feeling greater conflict. The author stresses that it is important for the employees themselves to develop self-regulation strategies to encounter negative spillover of work and home.

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