Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 12(2) May 1999 : 21-29.doi:10.12927/cjnl.1999.19074

Work-Family Congruence and Work-Family Concerns Among Nursing Staff

Ronald J. Burke and Esther R. Greenglass


This study investigated work status congruence and work-family experiences among nursing staff. Data were collected from 1362 hospital-based nurses using anonymous questionnaires. Nurses indicated whether they were currently working full-time or part-time and whether they preferred to work full-time or part-time. Four work status groups were then compared. There were considerable demographic differences among the four work status groups. Nursing staff having congruent work status were generally more satisfied with their families and reported lower levels of work-family conflict. The two work status incongruent groups of nurses were found to have different correlates and consequences.

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