Work-Family Interference: Nurses in Norway and Finland

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Publication date

2012

Series/Report no

Professions and Professionalism;2 (1)

Publisher

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

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Abstract

The aim of the study is to investigate the level of work–family inter-ference (WFI) for part-time nurses in Norway and Finland. Part-time work is usually cited as a desirable way in which to facilitate work and family harmony. However, the opportunity to work part-time in professions may be associated with greater difficulties and challenges than commonly presumed. Part-time professionals are often stigmatized as being less committed to work and report fewer job rewards than colleagues in full-time positions. This study challenges the notion of the desir-able consequences of work hour flexibility concerning the integration of work and family. Part-time nurses in Norway and Finland report an equal level or even higher levels of interference than nurses in full-time positions. A disproportional distri-bution of inconvenient work schedules appears to be a central explanation for the results reported by Norwegian nurses, but to a lesser degree by Finnish nurses.

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Permanent URL (for citation purposes)

  • http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-30969
  • http://hdl.handle.net/10642/1247