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Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Online from: 1986

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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The relationship between work-family enrichment and nurse turnover

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Title:The relationship between work-family enrichment and nurse turnover
Author(s):Marcello Russo, (Management and Strategy Department, Rouen Business School, Rouen, France), Filomena Buonocore, (Department of Business Management, University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy)
Citation:Marcello Russo, Filomena Buonocore, (2012) "The relationship between work-family enrichment and nurse turnover", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 27 Iss: 3, pp.216 - 236
Keywords:Employees turnover, Italy, Job satisfaction, Nursing, Nursing profession, Nursing shortage, Professional commitment, Professional turnover, Quality of life, Work-family enrichment
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02683941211205790 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors are grateful to Loriann Roberson, Maria Ferrara and Sidle Stuart for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article. The authors would also like to thank Dianna L. Stone, Shay Tzafrir, and three anonymous JMP reviewers for their valuable guidance in revising the work.

Purpose – The central aim of this paper is to test a model in which work-family enrichment is associated with lower levels of professional turnover through higher levels of job satisfaction and professional commitment.

Design/methodology/approach – The bootstrap procedure for estimating indirect correlations in multiple mediator models was used to test the hypotheses.

Findings – The findings show that nurses experiencing high levels of work-family enrichment are likely to report lower intentions to leave their profession by virtue of their higher levels of professional commitment.

Research limitations/implications – The research relies on a cross-sectional design with a single source of data.

Practical implications – The research suggests that management should foster work-family enrichment since this appears to be linked to decreased turnover intentions.

Social implications – There is a shortage of nurses in Italy and many other countries, which has negative consequences for high-quality nursing care and costs of the healthcare system, and the results of the present study suggest ways in which nurse retention could be improved.

Originality/value – This study contributes to work-family literature by addressing the relationship between work-family enrichment and professional-related outcomes.

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