What nurses and midwives want: findings from the national survey on workplace climate and well-being

Peter J. Holland, Tse Leng Tham, Fenella J. Gill

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Aim: A discussion of the findings from a nationwide study of workplace and well-being issues of Australian nurses and midwives. Background: Current discourse only provides a fragmented understanding of a multifaceted nature of working conditions and well-being, necessitating a more holistic investigation to identify critical workplace issues within these professions. Design: Discussion paper. Data Sources: A national survey conducted in July 2016 involving Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation members. The literature supporting this paper focuses on the nursing and midwifery workforce and studies on attraction and retention issues. Implications for Nursing and Midwifery: Workplace policies and practices in place in health care organizations that are within the control of management are key factors in the negative issues associated with the profession from the survey. Proactive and targeted interventions particularly aimed at salient issues of work intensification, declining engagement, and effective voice mechanisms are needed to address these crucial issues if the attrition of individuals from nursing and midwifery occupations is going to be ameliorated. Conclusion: To alleviate workforce issues pushing nurses and midwives to the tipping point of exiting the professions, health care organizations need to take a proactive stance in addressing issues under the control of management.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12630
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • climate
  • health care sector
  • midwifery
  • nursing
  • surveys and questionnaires
  • workplace

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