Nurses experiences of practice and political reform in long-term aged care in Australia: Implications for the retention of nursing personnel

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Title Nurses experiences of practice and political reform in long-term aged care in Australia: Implications for the retention of nursing personnel
Author Venturato, Lorraine; Kellett, Ursula Marie; Windsor, Carol
Journal Name Journal of Nursing Management
Editor Professor Melanie Jasper
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract Aim The aim of the study was to explore registered nurses' experiences in long-term aged care in light of the political reform of aged care services in Australia. Background In Australia, the aged care industry has undergone a lengthy period of political and structural reform. Despite reviews into various aspects of these reforms, there has been little consideration of the effect these are having on the practice experiences and retention of nursing staff in long-term care. Methods In this critical hermeneutic study, 14 nurses from long-term care facilities in Australia were interviewed about their experiences during the reform period. Results The data revealed a sense of tension and conflict between nurses' traditional values, roles and responsibilities and those supported by the reforms. Nurses struggled to renegotiate both their practice roles and values as the reforms were implemented and the system evolved. Nursing management support was an important aspect in mediating the effect of reforms on nursing staff. Conclusion This research highlights both the tensions experienced by nurses in long-term aged care in Australia and the need to renegotiate nursing roles, responsibilities and values within an evolving care system. This research supports a role for sensitive and proactive nursing management during periods of industry reform as a retention strategy for qualified nursing personnel.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 15
Page from 4
Page to 11
ISSN 0966-0429
Date Accessioned 2007-03-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17575
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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