Nursing work in long-term care: An integrative review

Jed Montayre, Jasmine Montayre

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Evidence suggests that delivery of good nursing care in long-term care (LTC) facilities is reflected in nurses' descriptions of the factors and structures that affect their work. Understanding the contemporary nature of nursing work in aged care will influence policies for improving current work structures in this practice setting. The current review aims to present a contemporary perspective of RNs' work in LTC facilities. A comprehensive search and purposeful selection of the literature was conducted using CINAHL, PubMed, Medline, Scopus, and Google Scholar databases. Nine studies were eligible for review. Common themes revealed that nursing work in aged care settings is characterized by RNs providing indirect care tasks-primarily care coordination, engaging in non-nursing activities, and having an expanded and overlapping role. As care providers, aged care RNs do not always provide direct care as part of their nursing work. The scope of RN work beyond its clinical nature or performance of non-nursing tasks adds complexity in clarifying RN work roles in aged care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Gerontology


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