By the day nurses bank up in a casual pool!

Mary Fitzgerald, Ann Bonner

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We suspect that the array of silly names used to refer to temporary staff worldwide may be indicative of the extent to which these nurses have been relegated to, and we would argue, remain in, a type of underclass'relatively unsupported by employers in terms of professional practice and ipso facto excluded from contributing professionally to team work, practice development, clinical governance and evidence-based practice. This may be acceptable to some but in a climate of risk averseness and in the interests of strategic planning we would suggest it is an accident waiting to happen. Nurses who fill in for permanent nursing staff in hospital settings face particular challenges over and above the normal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-654
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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