This pilot study analyzes interview research with long-term residential care nursing staff in four Canadian provinces, revealing relationships between workers’ psychological health and well-being and working conditions that include work overload, low worker control, disrespect and discrimination. Further, individual workers are often required to cope with these working conditions on their own. The findings suggest that these psychological health and safety hazards can be addressed by both individual workplaces and government regulation, but are currently ignored or mis-recognized by many employers and even by workers themselves. These findings indicate opportunities for improving psychological health and safety in long-term residential care work.

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Keywords Canada, Gender, Long-term care, Mental health, Psychological health and safety, Racialization, Work
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Journal Ageing International
Braedley, S, Owusu, P. (Prince), Przednowek, A. (Anna), & Armstrong, P. (Pat). (2017). We’re told, ‘Suck it up’: Long-Term Care Workers’ Psychological Health and Safety. Ageing International, 1–19. doi:10.1007/s12126-017-9288-4