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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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Educating generalists: flexibility and identity in auxiliary nursing in Finland1

Educating generalists: flexibility and identity in auxiliary nursing in Finland1

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(p.127) Eight Educating generalists: flexibility and identity in auxiliary nursing in Finland1
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Rethinking professional governance
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Sirpa Wrede

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349569.003.0009

This chapter directs attention to new professional groups positioned at the bottom of the health care workforce, considering the dilemmas posed by changing governance and the discourse of flexibilisation for the professional identity of auxiliary nursing in Finland. It presents conclusions about the relationship between organisational discourse of flexibility and professionalism. The argument is that, even though Finnish care workers still take pride in their work and in their professional identity, flexibilisation hinders the development of collective notions of occupational professionalism. Instead, professional identities are fragmented and when engagement occurs, it concerns the workplace rather than the occupation.

Keywords:   health workforce, auxiliary nursing, Finland, support workers, workforce change, flexibilisation, occupational professionalism

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