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Rethinking professional governanceInternational directions in healthcare$
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Ellen Kuhlmann and Mike Saks

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349569

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349569.001.0001

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Free riders in a fluid system: gender traps in agency nursing in Norway

Free riders in a fluid system: gender traps in agency nursing in Norway

(p.172) (p.173) Eleven Free riders in a fluid system: gender traps in agency nursing in Norway
Rethinking professional governance

Rannveig Dahle

Gry Skogheim

Policy Press

This chapter considers the notion of flexibilisation and the implementation of the new public management, using agency nurses in Norway as an example, as well as potential gender traps in the nursing profession. The chapter starts with an overview of theories on work flexibility and its applications and moves on to explore the gendered implications of flexible work. Then, it sets out the Norwegian context, together with findings from a qualitative study of agency nurses in Norway. Finally, it draws conclusions on the symbolic boundaries in the nurse workforce and how they are shaped and reshaped by the changing organisation of care.

Keywords:   flexibilisation, new public management, Norway, agency nursing, care organisations

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