Age-Friendly Workplace

Statistics only go so far. Through a Nurstory workshop facilitated by StoryCenter, nurses developed stories about the relationships they have with work and health as they age.

In 2013, with funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, StoryCenter partnered with the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the University of Washington's School of Public Health, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the Colorado School of Public Health to offer a digital storytelling workshop for nurses who were experiencing the effects of aging in the workplace.

They examined how the changing face of healthcare and billable "procedures" affected how they thought of care and how the support for person-to-person care was changing. The nurses talked about how changes in nursing education affected how new nurses were being prepared for the job and how the physical, emotional and even time management skills were shifting. In addition, the Nurstory team created a documentary about the process.

View the stories below.

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