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Relationship between work–family conflict and turnover intention in nurses

• Aim: This meta-analytic review aimed to synthesize and analyse studies that explored the relationship between nurses’ work–family conflicts and turnover intentions.

• Data Sources: A total of 191 (k = 14) publications published between 2005 and 2019 on turnover intention and work–family conflict, were retrieved from PubMed, PsycINFO, Web of Science, ProQuest, and Scopus databases.

• Results: An overall effect size of r = .28 (N = 5781, 95% CI [0.23−0.33]) was obtained, indicating a moderate, positive, and significant relationship between work–family conflict and turnover intention. o The moderator analysis showed that individualism and long-term orientation accounted for 90% of effect size heterogeneity of work–family conflict and turnover intention relationship.

• Impact: Work–family conflict and turnover intention are significantly correlated factors regardless of the studies’ cultural characteristics examined in this study. o Policymakers and managers should consider this finding and develop strategies that provide a balance-oriented work design to prevent nurse shortage.