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Nurses' experiences of practice and political reform in long-term aged care in Australia: implications for the retention of nursing personnel.
J Nurs Manag. 2007 Jan; 15(1):4-11.JN

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 re-negotiate 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 re-negotiate 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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia. l.venturato@griffith.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17207002

Citation

Venturato, Lorraine, et al. "Nurses' Experiences of Practice and Political Reform in Long-term Aged Care in Australia: Implications for the Retention of Nursing Personnel." Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 15, no. 1, 2007, pp. 4-11.
Venturato L, Kellett U, Windsor C. Nurses' experiences of practice and political reform in long-term aged care in Australia: implications for the retention of nursing personnel. J Nurs Manag. 2007;15(1):4-11.
Venturato, L., Kellett, U., & Windsor, C. (2007). Nurses' experiences of practice and political reform in long-term aged care in Australia: implications for the retention of nursing personnel. Journal of Nursing Management, 15(1), 4-11.
Venturato L, Kellett U, Windsor C. Nurses' Experiences of Practice and Political Reform in Long-term Aged Care in Australia: Implications for the Retention of Nursing Personnel. J Nurs Manag. 2007;15(1):4-11. PubMed PMID: 17207002.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nurses' experiences of practice and political reform in long-term aged care in Australia: implications for the retention of nursing personnel. AU - Venturato,Lorraine, AU - Kellett,Ursula, AU - Windsor,Carol, PY - 2007/1/9/pubmed PY - 2007/3/3/medline PY - 2007/1/9/entrez SP - 4 EP - 11 JF - Journal of nursing management JO - J Nurs Manag VL - 15 IS - 1 N2 - 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 re-negotiate 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 re-negotiate 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. SN - 0966-0429 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17207002/Nurses'_experiences_of_practice_and_political_reform_in_long_term_aged_care_in_Australia:_implications_for_the_retention_of_nursing_personnel_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2934.2006.00610.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -