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Title: 'Fit for nursing'? : a qualitative analysis of disabled registered general nurses' and other health professionals' views on health and illness in relation to nursing employment
Author: Grainger, Angela
ISNI:       0000 0001 3510 7324
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2008
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The employment of registered general nurses (RGNs) is underpinned by management’s need for economic utility in that the cost of salaries must be reconciled with the need to meet the demands inherent in service provision. Using grounded theory, interviews captured the experience of physically disabled RGNs, who use the phrase ‘physically disabled’ to describe themselves. Their collective experience was then compared with nondisabled RGNs working in the clinical areas of general medical wards, general surgical wards, and day case units, situated in three district general hospitals. Data collection was by partial participant observation, and interviews. The data revealed that both nurseinterviewee groups share an understanding of the meaning of health and illness. Both the physically disabled and non-disabled RGNs manipulate working time to take unauthorised breaks in order to ‘accommodate tiredness’ and ‘stamina lack’. ‘Accommodating need’ is the identified basic social process (BSP) and ‘pacing’ is the identified core category. RGNs distinguish between using a ‘public’ voice and a ‘private’ voice. In respect of a physically disabled RGN ‘doing nursing’, the data uncovered stigma relating to a spoiled identity. Theoretical sampling interviews with senior nurse managers, occupational health doctors, and trade union officials (termed ‘elite groups’), reflected the data findings of both the physically disabled, and non-disabled RGNs, in identifying the factors limiting the employability of physically disabled RGNs. Moreover, data from the elite group interviews revealed the importance of economic utility, in that management has to take account of diminishing returns. This is the crux of the employment issue. ‘Maintaining organisational pace’ is the generated grounded theory, and was confirmed by aligning data to the established literature on Labour Process Theory (LPT) in a supplementary theoretical sensitivity validation process.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: R Medicine (General) ; RT Nursing