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dc.contributor.authorCoombs, Crispinen_US
dc.contributor.authorArnold, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.authorLoan-Clarke, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, Adrianen_US
dc.contributor.authorPark, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.authorPreston, Dianeen_US
dc.description.abstractAim: To investigate the attractiveness to potential nursing staff of the NHS as an employer. Method: Individual and group interviews were conducted with school pupils, mature students, nursing students, healthcare assistants, agency nurses and independent sector nurses. Results: Eighty one people participated in the qualitative stage of the study. Analysis of the interview transcripts indicated that nursing as a career choice is perceived as hard work, involving high pressure and stress. Working with patients is seen as a source of considerable job satisfaction, but this is set against staff shortages and lack of flexibility about working hours. Increases in pay and staffing levels, coupled with improved retention strategies, are suggested as tactics to improve recruitment. Conclusion: Potential recruits see nursing in the NHS as moderately attractive, and this is predominantly based on interaction with patients. Improved satisfaction in current staff would help to advertise the NHS positively as an employer. Improvements in pay, greater recognition and more flexible hours would help to encourage staff working outside the NHS to return.-en_US
dc.publisherRoyal College of Nursing Publishing Companyen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNursing Standarden_US
dc.titlePerceptions of Nursing in the NHSen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2003 RCN Publishing Company. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.en_AU
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