Searching for value : the influence of policy and reform on nurses’ sense of value in long-term aged care in Australia.

Venturato, Lorraine, Kellett, Ursula, & Windsor, Carol (2006) Searching for value : the influence of policy and reform on nurses’ sense of value in long-term aged care in Australia. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12(6), pp. 326-333.

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Contemporary literature on long-term aged care focuses heavily on issues associated with the recruitment and retention of nursing staff, such as job satisfaction and attitudes towards caring for older people. This paper aims to highlight one aspect of a larger study of registered nurses' experiences in long-term aged care in Australia and the influence that government policy and reform has in shaping that experience. This insight into aspects of nurses' everyday experience also contributes to a broader understanding of job satisfaction in long-term care. Findings from this study suggest that registered nurses experience tension in their search for value in their practice, which incorporates professional, political and social mediators of value and worth. These issues are discussed in relation to the impact of policy and reform on nurses' sense of value in long-term aged care and highlight the need for sensitive policy initiatives that support issues of value in nursing practice.

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ID Code: 63856
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: aged care, health-care policy, job satisfaction, nursing homes, retention
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00591.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2013 03:37
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2013 04:39

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