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Recruitment and retention of nurses in dementia and aged care

Prof Lynn Chenoweth, Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, Prof Henry Brodaty
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Best Practice in Dementia Nursing
Project Description

The National Nursing Workforce Survey has identified the high levels of dissatisfaction, turnover and staff stress associated with caring for a person with dementia in acute, community and residential care settings.

The National Dementia Action Plan recognises these issues in regard to the nursing workforce, whilst also acknowledging the need for nurses to be skilled, responsive and in sufficient numbers to meet the care needs of this population.

This project will explore the reasons why nurses and unlicensed care workers seek and stay in dementia/aged care and why they do not seek work or leave this area of care. These findings will inform a literature review of selected strategies that seek to redress the difficulties of recruiting and stemming the exodus of nurses in dementia/aged care across the health care continuum.

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