Understanding registered nurses’ career choices in home care services: a qualitative study
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Original versionHaaland, G.H., Øygarden, O., Storm, M. & Mikkelsen, A. (2023). Understanding registered nurses’ career choices in home care services: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 23, 273. 10.1186/s12913-023-09259-0
Background The anticipated growth in number of older people with long-term health problems is associated with a greater need for registered nurses. Home care services needs enough nurses that can deliver high quality services in patients’ homes. This article improves our understanding of nurses’ career choices in home care services. Methods A qualitative study using individual semi-structured interviews with 20 registered nurses working in home care services. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and thematically analyzed. Results The analysis resulted in three themes emphasizing the importance of multiple stakeholders and contextual factors, fit with nurses’ private life, and meaning of work. The results offer important insights that can be used to improve organizational policy and HR practices to sustain a workforce of registered nurses in home care services. Conclusion The results illustrate the importance of having a whole life perspective to understand nurses’ career choices, and how nurses’ career preferences changes over time.