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Challenges faced by older nurses in Singapore: a mixed methods study.

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Ang, SY; Ayoob, SBM; Hussain, NBS; Uthaman, T; Adenan, H; Chiang, P; Ong, LT; Fong, MK; Ostbye, T
Published in: Int Nurs Rev
December 2017

BACKGROUND: In Singapore, employees aged 62-65 can continue to be employed if they meet the re-employment eligibility criteria. This policy, coupled with an ageing workforce, calls for age-friendly initiatives, specific to work-related challenges faced by older nurses. AIM: To determine work-related challenges faced by older nurses. METHODS: A mixed method sequential explanatory study was conducted with nurses, aged 50 and above, working in a healthcare cluster in Singapore. In the quantitative phase, a questionnaire was administered to 534 nurses to elicit work-related challenges, then in-depth interviews with 30 nurses were carried out to help explain why certain tasks and work circumstances became harder. RESULTS: Results of the survey indicated that the top three challenges were coping with changes, working with computers and reading labels. Place of work, salary range, gender and race were significantly associated with different work-related challenges. Five themes emerged from the qualitative data: physical demands of work and workload, new technology, need for further education, working with younger nurses and in intercultural teams, and changing public expectations and professional image. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The study supports the current literature on the challenges older nurses face with technological advancement. However, older nurses in our study reported less aches and pain as compared to that reported elsewhere. There is a need for specific strategies that will address changes in work processes and environment in order to retain older nurses. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING AND NURSING POLICY: When devising age-friendly work improvement initiatives, it is important for nurse leaders to factor in the needs of nurses working in different care environments, who are of different ranks, or are from different ethnic backgrounds.

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Published In

Int Nurs Rev

DOI

EISSN

1466-7657

Publication Date

December 2017

Volume

64

Issue

4

Start / End Page

502 / 510

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Workplace
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Singapore
  • Retention, Psychology
  • Organizational Culture
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital
  • Nursing
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
 

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Ang, S. Y., Ayoob, S. B. M., Hussain, N. B. S., Uthaman, T., Adenan, H., Chiang, P., … Ostbye, T. (2017). Challenges faced by older nurses in Singapore: a mixed methods study. Int Nurs Rev, 64(4), 502–510. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12348
Ang, S. Y., S. B. M. Ayoob, N. B. S. Hussain, T. Uthaman, H. Adenan, P. Chiang, L. T. Ong, M. K. Fong, and T. Ostbye. “Challenges faced by older nurses in Singapore: a mixed methods study.Int Nurs Rev 64, no. 4 (December 2017): 502–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12348.
Ang SY, Ayoob SBM, Hussain NBS, Uthaman T, Adenan H, Chiang P, et al. Challenges faced by older nurses in Singapore: a mixed methods study. Int Nurs Rev. 2017 Dec;64(4):502–10.
Ang, S. Y., et al. “Challenges faced by older nurses in Singapore: a mixed methods study.Int Nurs Rev, vol. 64, no. 4, Dec. 2017, pp. 502–10. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/inr.12348.
Ang SY, Ayoob SBM, Hussain NBS, Uthaman T, Adenan H, Chiang P, Ong LT, Fong MK, Ostbye T. Challenges faced by older nurses in Singapore: a mixed methods study. Int Nurs Rev. 2017 Dec;64(4):502–510.
Journal cover image

Published In

Int Nurs Rev

DOI

EISSN

1466-7657

Publication Date

December 2017

Volume

64

Issue

4

Start / End Page

502 / 510

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Workplace
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Singapore
  • Retention, Psychology
  • Organizational Culture
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital
  • Nursing
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans