Women in Healthcare Study

Surveying Women in Healthcare: Background and Purpose

In 2008, Studer Group researched the personal and professional demands on women working in healthcare. Researchers surveyed more than 7,700 women in an attempt understand how female healthcare professionals balance or blend the multiple roles in their lives.

The findings of the study led to several recommendations to employers regarding ways to assist their female employees in dealing with the many demands they face at work and home.

Ten years later, as the healthcare industry is experiencing ever-growing complexities and changes, Studer Group wanted to know: How have things changed for women in this critical employment sector?

Furthermore, with the worldwide response to recent disclosures of sexual harassment cases, the survey was expanded to included questions related to the prevalence of similar issues in healthcare.

Studer Group conducted a 2018 follow-up survey in partnership with Sherill Nones Cronin, PhD, RN-BC, Chair of Graduate Studies and Professor of Nursing at the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY).

Work-Life Blend for Women in Healthcare: Highlights of Findings

The demographics of survey responders included a diverse representation of U.S. geographic locations. Roles of women responding included nursing, administrative and executive, physicians and other healthcare jobs. More than 75 percent of those responding work more than 50 hours per week.

Highlights of the 2018 survey responses:

  • 51 percent experience work conflict with family/personal life at least one day or more per week; conversely, only 9 percent reported that family interference with work occurs
  • 75 percent reported that supervisors make efforts to reduce their work-family imbalance
  • 72 percent are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their jobs, yet less than 44 percent are satisfied with work-life balance
  • 75 percent would choose a career in healthcare again and would recommend a similar career to their friends
  • 10 percent reported having personally experienced sexual harassment; only 81 percent feel comfortable reporting it

Building an agile, engaged and inclusive leadership is part of the mission of Studer Group. For more information on how we can help your organization prepare your leaders for the future of healthcare contact us partnerships@studergroup.com.

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