Employment experiences of older nurses and midwives in the NHS
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Employment experiences of older nurses and midwives in the NHS

Jane Wray Research fellow, The University of Hull, Hull
Jo Aspland , The University of Hull, Hull
Helen Gibson Research assistants, The University of Hull, Hull
Anne Stimpson Research associate, faculty, Health and Social Care, The University of Hull, Hull
Roger Watson Professor and associate dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield

Aim To examine the employment experiences of older nurses and midwives working in the NHS.

Method A total of 27 semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with nurses and midwives to identify positive and negative aspects of their working lives in the NHS. The interviewees were selected from a potential pool of 87 nurses and midwives who had consented to be involved in an earlier part of the study. Data were analysed using QSR NVivo 7.0.

Findings Positive and negative issues were identified as having an impact on the quality of working life. These included: access to training, change and Agenda for Change (AfC), quality of management, work demands, patient/colleague contact and nursing and midwifery as a career.

Conclusion This study highlighted a number of issues relevant to older nurses and midwives that warrant further study and attention. These include access to training and continuing professional development, issues relating to change and AfC, and general work demands including workload, resources and morale. The ability of staff to remain healthy, committed and able to deliver quality care can be compromised in cases where the staff experience is negative.

Correspondence j.wray@hull.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 9,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.

Published in print: 07 November 2007

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review