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LOPEZ LUNA, Ester et al. Nurses in geriatric field of Barcelona. Socioeconomic situation, labour and role perception. Gerokomos [online]. 2021, vol.32, n.2, pp.70-75.  Epub 12-Jul-2021. ISSN 1134-928X.


Define, describe and discover the perception about the work situation of nurses in the geriatric field of Barcelona province.


Descriptive cross-sectional study based in an anonymous survey sent to all the registered nurses or those who have been training in geriatrics in the COIB. The survey ad hoc consisted on 40 questions, most closed multiple choice related to workplace and perception.


91.4% were women, 50.5% with more than 15 years of experience and the 59% had extensive experience in geriatrics. More than a half of the nurses had specific training, 67.4% a postgraduate degree and 41% a master’s degree. 80.5% worked exclusively in health care area, they were in larger proportion in long-term care facility 36.5% and 40% in a nursing home. Three out of four nurses had full-time work and 36.5% explained that they had over fifty patients. The workplace with a higher salary was longterm care facilities and 69% of the nurses didn’t think their salary is adequate. 73.5% always performed care tasks but 58% of them never had done teaching or research tasks. 68.5% explained that work in geriatrics was their own decision and 69% felt that people didn’t value their work.


Although the labour conditions in geriatric field have low salaries, high ratio of patients, very little time to research and the feeling of people not valuing their work; the geriatric nurses of Barcelona feel job satisfaction.

Palabras clave : Geriatric nurse; labour conditions; ratios; tasks; satisfaction.

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