Nursing and the nursing workplace in Queensland, 2001-2010: what the nurses think

Eley, Robert, Francis, Karen, and Hegney, Desley (2014) Nursing and the nursing workplace in Queensland, 2001-2010: what the nurses think. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 20 (4). pp. 366-374.

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to inform policy for reform in nursing. A survey mailed to members of the Queensland Nurses' Union four times between 2001 and 2010 elicited views on their employment and working conditions, professional development and career opportunities. Results across years and sectors of nursing consistently showed dissatisfaction in many aspects of employment, particularly by nurses working in aged care. However, views on staffing numbers, skill mix, workload, work stress, pay and staff morale all showed significant improvements over the decade. For example in 2001, 48.8% of nurses believed that their pay was poor, whereas in 2010, this had reduced to 35.2%. Furthermore, there was a significant rise throughout the decade in the opinion of the value of nursing as a good career. In light of the need to address nurse workforce shortages, the trends are encouraging; however, more improvements are required in order to support recruitment and retention.

Item ID: 49138
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-172X
Keywords: Australia; nurses; satisfaction; surveys; workplace
Funders: Queensland Nursing Union
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2017 01:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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