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The temporal landscape of night nursing

Brown, R. B. and Brooks, I. (2002) The temporal landscape of night nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 39(4), pp. 384-390. 1365-2648.

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Abstract: Aims of the study. The study arose secondarily from a study with a different primary purpose (to consider attitudes towards the implementation of changes to working practices). Its aim is to provide a ‘map’ of the temporal landscapes of night nurses. Background. Our temporal landscapes are made up of recognizable domains, with permeable borders – private time and public time, home time and work time, past, present and future time, cyclical time. Just as a geography of space contains recognizable natural features – rivers, deserts, mountains – and features created by human beings – canals, roads, skyscrapers – so our temporal landscape contains natural features – day and night, the seasons – and features created by us – the ordering of social, economic, legal, and organizational time into, among others, the practices of family life, financial periods, and workloads. Methods. Data were collected during longitudinal ethnographic research – observation, formal interviews, informal conversations – with the emphasis on areas such as shift work, workload, and the temporal aspects of caring. Conclusions. The result is the production of a map, albeit a rough one, of the temporal landscape inhabited by night nurses as they go about their working lives.
Uncontrolled Keywords: time in organizations, temporal landscapes, night nurses
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801 Labor. Work. Working class > HD5106 Hours of labor
R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT82 Nurse practitioners
Creators: Brown, Reva Berman and Brooks, Ian
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law
Date: 1 August 2002
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 384-390
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume: 39
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 1365-2648
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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