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The temporal landscape of night nursing

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  • Reva Berman Brown BA MA MSc Phd,

    1. Professor of Management Research, Oxford Brooks University, Business School, Wheatley, Oxford, UK

      Head of the School of Business and Management, University College Northampton, Faculty of Management and Business, Northampton, UK
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  • Ian Brooks BA MBA

    1. Professor of Management Research, Oxford Brooks University, Business School, Wheatley, Oxford, UK

      Head of the School of Business and Management, University College Northampton, Faculty of Management and Business, Northampton, UK
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Reva Berman Brown, Business School, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1HX, UK. E-mail: revabrown@brookes.ac.uk

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.

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