Perceptions of Nursing in the NHS

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Title Perceptions of Nursing in the NHS
Author Coombs, Crispin; Arnold, John; Loan-Clarke, John; Wilkinson, Adrian John; Park, Jennifer; Preston, Diane
Journal Name Nursing Standard
Year Published 2003
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Royal College of Nursing Publishing Company
Abstract Aim: To investigate the attractiveness to potential nursing staff of the NHS as an employer. Method: Individual and group interviews were conducted with school pupils, mature students, nursing students, healthcare assistants, agency nurses and independent sector nurses. Results: Eighty one people participated in the qualitative stage of the study. Analysis of the interview transcripts indicated that nursing as a career choice is perceived as hard work, involving high pressure and stress. Working with patients is seen as a source of considerable job satisfaction, but this is set against staff shortages and lack of flexibility about working hours. Increases in pay and staffing levels, coupled with improved retention strategies, are suggested as tactics to improve recruitment. Conclusion: Potential recruits see nursing in the NHS as moderately attractive, and this is predominantly based on interaction with patients. Improved satisfaction in current staff would help to advertise the NHS positively as an employer. Improvements in pay, greater recognition and more flexible hours would help to encourage staff working outside the NHS to return.-
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 RCN Publishing Company. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.
Volume 18
Issue Number 5
Page from 33
Page to 38
ISSN 0029-6570
Date Accessioned 2007-06-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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