The ‘realities’ of part-time nursing: a grounded theory study
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2008
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Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 16, Issue 7, pages 883–892, October 2008
How to Cite
JAMIESON, L. N., WILLIAMS, L. M., LAUDER, W. and DWYER, T. (2008), The ‘realities’ of part-time nursing: a grounded theory study. Journal of Nursing Management, 16: 883–892. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2934.2007.00836.x
- Issue published online: 15 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 15 OCT 2008
- Accepted for publication: 31 October 2007
- career development;
- education and training;
- grounded theory;
- nursing work time
Aim To develop a theory that explains the ‘realities’ of part-time nursing.
Background While little is known about the phenomenon of part-time nursing, increasing numbers of nurses work in part-time employment.
Methods Grounded theory.
Results The problem that part-time nurses shared was an inability to achieve their personal optimal nursing potential. Motivators to work part-time, employment hours, specialty, individual and organizational factors formed contextual conditions that led to this problem. Part-time nurses responded to the challenges through a process of adaptation and adjustment.
Conclusion Harnessing the full productive potential of part-time nurses requires support to limit the difficulties that they encounter. The developed theory provides a valuable guide to managerial action.
Implications for nursing practice Nurse Managers need to consider the developed substantive theory when planning and managing nursing workforces.