Resilience and work-life balance in first-line nurse manager

Kim, Miyoung & Windsor, Carol (2015) Resilience and work-life balance in first-line nurse manager. Asian Nursing Research, 9(1), pp. 21-27.

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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.


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.


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.


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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ID Code: 83649
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: interview, nurse managers, psychological resilience, qualitative research
DOI: 10.1016/j.anr.2014.09.003
ISSN: 1976-1317
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Korean Society of Nursing Science
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2015 23:50
Last Modified: 14 May 2015 00:37

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