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Nurses’ Experiences of Working in Rural Hospitals: An integrative review

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Abstract


  • Aim: To critically analyse the international literature describing the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals.Background: Nursing shortages in rural areas is an ongoing issue. Given the signifi‐cant role nurses play in the delivery of rural health care, a sufficient workforce is es‐sential. However, maintaining this workforce is challenging. Understanding the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals is essential to inform strategies around job satisfaction and staff retention.Evaluation: An integrative review was conducted. Six primary sources were included related to the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals.Results: Four themes emerged, namely: (a) Professional Development; (b) Workplace stressors; (c) Teamwork; and (d) Community.Conclusion: There is a need for further research exploring the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals and its impact on job satisfaction, turnover intention and patient safety.Implications for Nursing Management: This review highlights some key issues im‐pacting nurses’ working in rural hospitals. This understanding can be used by nurse managers to inform strategies for recruitment and retention of nurses in these areas.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Smith, S., Sim, J. & Halcomb, E. (2019). Nurses’ Experiences of Working in Rural Hospitals: An integrative review. Journal of Nursing Management, 27 (3), 482-490.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85055021353

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1689&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/675

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 482

End Page


  • 490

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Aim: To critically analyse the international literature describing the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals.Background: Nursing shortages in rural areas is an ongoing issue. Given the signifi‐cant role nurses play in the delivery of rural health care, a sufficient workforce is es‐sential. However, maintaining this workforce is challenging. Understanding the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals is essential to inform strategies around job satisfaction and staff retention.Evaluation: An integrative review was conducted. Six primary sources were included related to the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals.Results: Four themes emerged, namely: (a) Professional Development; (b) Workplace stressors; (c) Teamwork; and (d) Community.Conclusion: There is a need for further research exploring the experiences of nurses working in rural hospitals and its impact on job satisfaction, turnover intention and patient safety.Implications for Nursing Management: This review highlights some key issues im‐pacting nurses’ working in rural hospitals. This understanding can be used by nurse managers to inform strategies for recruitment and retention of nurses in these areas.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Smith, S., Sim, J. & Halcomb, E. (2019). Nurses’ Experiences of Working in Rural Hospitals: An integrative review. Journal of Nursing Management, 27 (3), 482-490.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85055021353

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1689&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/675

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 482

End Page


  • 490

Volume


  • 27

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom