Implementation of an older person's nurse practitioner in rural aged care in Victoria, Australia: a qualitative study
Kaye Ervin, Carol Reid, Anna Moran, Cynthia Opie, Helen Haines
Human Resources for Health | BMC | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: There are staff shortages nation-wide in residential aged care, which is only predicted to grow as the population ages in Australia. The aged care staff shortage is compounded in rural and remote areas where the health service workforce overall experiences difficulties in recruitment and retention. There is evidence that nurse practitioners fill important service gaps in aged care and rural health care but also evidence that barriers exist in introducing this extended practice role. METHODS: In 2018, 58 medical and direct care staff participated in interviews and focus groups about the implementation of an older person's nurse practitioner (OPNP) in aged care. All 58 interviewees..View full abstract
This research has been supported by the Australian Government Department of Health through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Programme.