Workforce issues in nursing in Queensland: 2001 and 2004

Hegney, Desley and Eley, Robert and Plank, Ashley and Buikstra, Elizabeth and Parker, Victoria (2006) Workforce issues in nursing in Queensland: 2001 and 2004. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15 (12). pp. 1521-1530. ISSN 0962-1067

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[Abstract]: Aims and objectives: The aim of the study was to identify the factors impacting upon nursing work and to use the results to inform strategic planning of the Queensland Nurses Union. Background: In 2001 and 2004, a study was undertaken to gather data on the level of satisfaction of nurses with their working life. This paper reports the 2004 results on workload, skill mix, remuneration and morale. Where applicable, the results are compared to 2001 data. Methods: A questionnaire was mailed to 3000 Assistants-in-Nursing, Enrolled and Registered Nurses in October 2004. All participants were members of the Queensland Nurses Union. The results are reported in three sectors – public, private and aged care. A total of 1349 nurses responded to the survey, a response rate of 45%. Results: Nurses in the 2004 study believed: their workload was heavy; their skills and experience poorly rewarded; work stress was high; morale was perceived to be poor and, similar to 2001, deteriorating; the skill mix was often inadequate; and the majority of nurses are unable to complete their work in the time available. Nursing morale was found to be associated with autonomy, workplace equipment, workplace safety, teamwork, work stress, the physical demand of nursing work, workload, rewards for skills and experience, career prospects, status of nursing, and remuneration. Conclusion: Overall the findings of the study are consistent with those determined by the 2001 survey. Relevance to clinical practice. The findings of this study indicate the importance of factors such as workplace autonomy, teamwork, the levels of workplace stress, workload and remuneration on nursing morale. The data also indicate that workplace safety and workplace morale are linked. These findings provide information for policy makers and nurse managers on areas that need to be addressed to retain nurses within aged care, acute hospital and community nursing.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the Publisher. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Clinical Nursing, as published in the print edition of the Journal. The published version is available via Blackwell's Synergy. Print ISSN 0962-1067.
Depositing User: Dr Robert Eley
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: nurses; workload; skill mix; morale; Queensland; autonomy; teamwork
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01558.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1615

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