The top eight issues Queensland Australia's aged-care nurses and assistants-in-nursing worried about outside their workplace: a qualitative snapshot

Tuckett, Anthony and Hegney, Desley and Parker, Deborah and Eley, Robert M. and Dickie, Robyn (2011) The top eight issues Queensland Australia's aged-care nurses and assistants-in-nursing worried about outside their workplace: a qualitative snapshot. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 17 (5). pp. 444-454. ISSN 1322-7114


The attainment of a work–life balance is an important issue for recruitment, retention and workforce planning. This paper aims to report on the free text data provided by the aged-care sector nurses around perceptions of important work–life issues. Data were written responses of aged-care nurses to the open-ended request at the end of a survey, which asked them to list up to five political, social, environmental issues concerning them outside of their work. For aged-care nurses,when asked to list political, social, environmental issues they were concerned about outside of work in late 2007, there emerged considered issues around work and life. Among the top eight themes there is an intriguing balance between the themes work, industrial relations, aged care/elder care and health-care services compared with the themes environment,water, societal values and housing. Qualitative insights into the political, social, environmental issues aged-care nurses are
concerned about outside of your work suggest their desire for a labour/life or work/life harmony. Aged-care nurses place an equal importance on the nature of labour and the basics of life. The findings provide information for aged-care sector managers and workforce planners on areas in need of consideration to recruit and retain a workforce within aged care.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2011 05:31
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 22:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: aged care; environment; nursing; older people; work and life balance
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220314 Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500315 Philosophy of mind (excl. cognition)
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520105 Psychological methodology, design and analysis
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940504 Work and Family Responsibilities
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