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Casualisation: a Paradigm for Change

For two years I have worked as a manager in an agency that finds casual work for nurses or, depending on how you look at it, finds nurses to fill casual vacancies. From this position I have been able to view changes in the way "casual" nurses work and I believe that I am in a position to offer a new perspective on this style of working. There is an increasing casualisation of the workforce across all professional nursing practice. This trend to a new style of working provides challenges and opportunities for nursing practitioners.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • The legislative environment
  • Nurses have a choice
  • The manager-worker relationship
  • To work and when to work: the worker's choice
  • Terms and conditions
  • Organisational change
  • Towards a business-oriented approach
  • The importance of matching need with skill
  • The importance of an efficient data management system
  • Establishing service costs
  • What of the future?
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Tom Morgan is registered as a general nurse, a psychiatric nurse and a midwife. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing Administration and a Certificate of Adult Training (Health Educators). Tom is the Manager of Client Services at Psychiatric Care Consultants, a nurse agency. He is also a director of QualityWorks, a quality management consultancy, for whom he works as a quality assurance consultant. Tom is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and a member of its National Advisory and Development Committee. He is also a member of the Australian Quality Council and the Nat...

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