Understanding work ability: Experiences of female assistant nurses in elderly care
2009 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 34, no 3, 373-383 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Few studies to date have investigated retained work ability. The aim of this explorative study was to describe female assistant nurses' experiences of high work attendance over the years The setting is a municipality in mid-Sweden that employs 466 female assistant nurses permanently within municipal elderly care. A qualitative methodology was chosen and thematic, open-ended, interviews were carried out with 12 female assistant nurses. The interviewees were selected from the 117 women who had taken the least amount of sick leave over the past five years, which meant no sick leave at all or no more than 5 days. The interviews were transcribed verbatim, and thereafter a content analysis was carried out. Three main themes connected with the aim of the study emerged from the interviews: "a desirable job, despite low status", "supportive social networks", and "coping ability". In order to strengthen work ability among female employees in elderly care, the findings indicate that it is crucial to support mobility in working life, and to promote social support and networks at the workplace and in private life, as well as a coping-oriented approach to health issues and social life.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 34, no 3, 373-383 p.
Women and coping, competence, desirable work, public sector, strong work team, retained work ability
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137428DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2009-0936ISI: 000273753600015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137428DiVA: diva2:378050