Support and resources to promote and sustain health among nurses and midwives in the workplace: A qualitative study
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Original versionThapa, Ekstrøm-Bergstrøm, Krettek A, Areskoug-Josefsson K. Support and resources to promote and sustain health among nurses and midwives in the workplace: A qualitative study. Nordic journal of nursing research. 2021 https://doi.org/10.1177/2057158520988452
Registered nurses and midwives are in short supply and have among the highest rates of sick leave in the global workforce. The aim of this study was therefore to explore and gain a deeper understanding of how nurses and midwives experience their everyday work, with a view toward promoting and sustaining their work-related health. Nine registered nurses and four registered midwives working in hospitals and community healthcare facilities in Sweden were interviewed. The interviews were analyzed using content analysis. This study is reported in accordance with COREQ. One main category emerged: ‘Quality of organizational and collegial support and opportunities to facilitate recovery, health, and patient care’. From this category, four generic categories describing the overall experiences of registered nurses and midwives could be discerned. Based on these results, it is recommended that employers adopt a systematic health-promotive approach to foster and maintain the workplace health of registered nurses and midwives.