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Reasons for presenteeism in nurses working in geriatric settings: a qualitative study

Fiorini, Luke Anthony; Griffiths, Amanda; Houdmont, Jonathan

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Luke Anthony Fiorini

Amanda Griffiths



Abstract

Objective: To explore the perceived causes of presenteeism in nurses on geriatric wards.
Background: Presenteeism, defined as working when unwell, is associated with lost productivity and increased absenteeism. It is more commonly reported by employees in the healthcare sector than other sectors.
Methods: An exploratory, qualitative study using semi- structured interviews, thematically analysed. Data collected via 18 recorded interviews with nurses working with patients on geriatric medical wards in Malta.
Results: Four major themes emerged that related to nurses’ decisions to engage in presenteeism: illness perceptions, which included participants’ views and experiences of their own health complaints; attitudes to their employing organisation, co-workers and patients; organisational aspects such as culture and administrative arrangements; and personal reasons including illness behaviour preference and personal circumstances.
Conclusions: Nurses’ decisions to attend work when unwell were reported as dependent upon four themes. Further studies are warranted to determine if findings are applicable to nurse populations other than those represented in this study.
Implications: Workplace health promotion initiatives should target nurses’ management of their own health, particularly if they have chronic illnesses. Workplace policies and arrangements should be examined with a view to controlling presenteeism.

Citation

Fiorini, L. A., Griffiths, A., & Houdmont, J. (in press). Reasons for presenteeism in nurses working in geriatric settings: a qualitative study. Journal of Hospital Administration, 7(4), https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v7n4p9

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 27, 2018
Online Publication Date May 2, 2018
Deposit Date May 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 4, 2018
Journal Journal of Hospital Administration
Print ISSN 1927-6990
Electronic ISSN 1927-7008
Publisher Sciedu Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v7n4p9
Keywords Presenteeism, Delivery of health care, Nursing health, Qualitative research
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/930358
Publisher URL http://www.sciedupress.com/journal/index.php/jha/article/view/13166

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