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Boundaries and barriers : a history of district nursing management in regional Queensland

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Wendy Madsen, Julie Bradshaw
Aim To explore administrative constraints of district nursing during the latter part of the twentieth century in regional Queensland, Australia. Background A greater understanding of the evolution of district nursing can illuminate why present conditions and circumstances exist. Method Thirteen interviews undertaken and analysed historically in association with other documentary evidence from the time period 1960s – 1990. Findings District nursing services of regional Queensland were initially established by voluntary organisations that had very lean budgets. Throughout the study period, government funding became increasingly available, but this coincided with increased regulation of the services. Conclusions District nurses have worked within considerable boundaries and barriers associated with either a lack of funds or imposed regulations. While greater government funding solved some working conditions, it did so by imposing greater administrative responsibilities on the nurses and services that were not always seen as advantageous for clients or as professionally satisfying for the nurses.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

16

Issue

1

Start Page

14

End Page

20

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

0966-0429

ISSN

1365-2834

Location

Oxford UK

Publisher

Blackwell

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of nursing management.

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