I love nursing, but.. - qualitative findings from Australian aged-care nurses about their intrinsic, extrinsic and social work values

Tuckett, Anthony and Parker, Deborah and Eley, Robert and Hegney, Desley (2009) I love nursing, but.. - qualitative findings from Australian aged-care nurses about their intrinsic, extrinsic and social work values. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 4 (4). pp. 307-317. ISSN 1748-3735

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Background. Intrinsic and extrinsic work values impact on nurses’ job satisfaction and ultimately nursing retention. This study contributes further to knowledge development in this area by building on a previous work values study in aged-care nursing.

Aim. The aim of this qualitative analysis – a component of a larger survey study, was to provide insights and understandings about intrinsic and extrinsic work values for nurses in aged-care.

Methods. This paper presents the qualitative research findings from the final open-ended question from a survey of nurses employed in the aged-care sector in the State of Queensland, Australia in 2007. Data from a cohort of 105 aged care sector nurses was analysed relying on deductive content analysis.

Findings. Two intrinsic work values emerged – low morale and images of nursing and two extrinsic work values emerged – remuneration and working conditions. The work value ‘working conditions’ comprised four aspects of aged-care work, namely staff turnover, workplace violence, care team membership namely the AINs and paperwork. A single social workplace value ‘support by management’ is discussed as identified as important to these nurses.

Conclusion. Qualitative insights into aged-care nurses’ intrinsic and extrinsic work values suggest that work satisfaction is low. Workforce policy makers and employers of nurses in aged-care need to comprehend the relationship between job satisfaction, retention and work values. These findings have implications for recruitment, retention and workforce planning within the aged-care environment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com. Author's verison of article, as made available here, differs in title from the Published version. Author's version title: 'I love nursing, but..' - a final word from Australian aged-care nurses about their working life.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 03:29
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 02:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: work values, intrinsic, extrinsic, nursing, workforce, aged-care
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2009.00184.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5415

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