The dual role of rural midwives: the potential for role conflict and the impact on retention

Yates, Karen, Usher, Kim, and Kelly, Jenny (2011) The dual role of rural midwives: the potential for role conflict and the impact on retention. Collegian, 18 (3). pp. 107-113.

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Abstract

Nurses and midwives continue to make up the largest proportion of the health workforce. As a result, shortages of nurses and midwives have a significant impact on the delivery of effective health care. Shortages of nurses and midwives are known to be moe pronounced in rural and remote areas where recruitment and retention remain problematic. However, rural nurses are often required to be multi-skilled, which has led to expectations that nurses who are also midwives, are required to work across areas of the hospital to address shortages. For midwives this issue is even more problematic as they may actually end up spending a very small percentage of their working day involved in the delivery of maternity care. This workforce strategy has the potential to seriously erode the skills of midwives. Situations such as this are implicated in the attrition of midwives because of the role stress that results when they are required to work in models of care where they experience the constant pull to work between departments and across roles. This paper addresses tne requirement for midwives in some rural facilities to work across roles of general nurse and midwife and outlines the issues that arise as a result. In particular, the paper links the concept of Role Theory to the requirement for midwives to work in dual roles and the potential for role stress to develop.

Item ID: 19466
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: nursing; midwifery; research; remote nursing; rural nursing
ISSN: 1322-7696
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 02:13
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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