The perceptions of rural nurses towards role change within the context of organisational change

McCarthy, Alexandra and Hegney, Desley and Pearson, Alan (2000) The perceptions of rural nurses towards role change within the context of organisational change. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 17 (4). pp. 21-28. ISSN 0813-0531

Abstract

This paper, derived from The role and function of the rural nurse in Australia study, describes the effects of organisational change upon the rural nurses participating in the study. It appears that whilst change is an inevitable and regular feature of rural health service delivery, it does not necessarily benefit rural nurses or communities for reasons unique to rural life. Nurses in the study responded positively to organisational change when it was congruent with the rural norms of community consultation and collaboration, or when it ensured the long-term viability of the health service. They responded negatively to organisational change that caused role overload, role conflict or role insecurity, particularly when they perceived they had little control over the change process. This paper emphasises the need for nurses to actively participate in the change processes affecting their livelihood and their communities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 23:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: community health nursing; health personnel attitude; nursing staff; psychological aspect; rural health care
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/13984

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