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Employment experiences of older nurses and midwives in the NHS.

Wray, J., Stimpson, A. and Watson, R. (2007) Employment experiences of older nurses and midwives in the NHS. Nursing Standard , 22 (9). pp. 35-40. ISSN 0029-6570

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AIM: To examine the employment experiences of older nurses and midwives working in the NHS.

METHOD: A total of 27 semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with nurses and midwives to identify positive and negative aspects of their working lives in the NHS. The interviewees were selected from a potential pool of 87 nurses and midwives who had consented to be involved in an earlier part of the study. Data were analysed using QSR NVivo 7.0.

FINDINGS: Positive and negative issues were identified as having an impact on the quality of working life. These included: access to training, change and Agenda for Change (AfC), quality of management, work demands, patient/colleague contact and nursing and midwifery as a career.

CONCLUSION: This study highlighted a number of issues relevant to older nurses and midwives that warrant further study and attention. These include access to training and continuing professional development, issues relating to change and AfC, and general work demands including workload, resources and morale. The ability of staff to remain healthy, committed and able to deliver quality care can be compromised in cases where the staff experience is negative.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2010 16:35
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2010 16:35
Published Version: http://nursingstandard.rcnpublishing.co.uk/index.a...
Status: Published
Publisher: RCN Publishing
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10450

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