Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Journal of Clinical Nursing: Work-Family Conflict of Nurses in Japan

Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Journal of Clinical Nursing: Work-Family Conflict of Nurses in Japan

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Aims and objectives: The purpose of this paper is to explore the determinants of work-family conflict among Japanese nurses by using microdata describing nurses' characteristics working at health facilities in Japan. We focus in particular on the impacts of shift work and workplace childcare support on the conflict between work and childcare with preschool children. Background: With a declining fertility trend, it is not easy to recruit sufficient number of nurses from the pool of graduate nurses. Therefore, support for reemployment of inactive nurses and prevention of turnover and enhancement of retention for active nurses have become the important strategies, along with the recruitment of new graduates. Design and method: We focus on the impacts of (i) flexibility in shift work and (ii) child care support at work, on the conflict between work and childcare through performing multivariate regression analysis. The data used in this study come from a survey conducted on members of the Japanese Nursing Association as of the end of July 2001. Concerning shift work and child care support, we limited the sample to the full-time female employees. The sample is limited to 378 respondents who were mothers of preschool children. Result: The results can be summarised as follows: (i) working night shifts does not have a significant effect on the conflict in balancing work and childcare. …

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