Free riders in a fluid system: gender traps in agency nursing in Norway

Rannveig Dahle and Gry Skogheim

in Rethinking professional governance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349569
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303251 | DOI:
Free riders in a fluid system: gender traps in agency nursing in Norway

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This chapter considers the notion of flexibilisation and the implementation of the new public management, using agency nurses in Norway as an example, as well as potential gender traps in the nursing profession. The chapter starts with an overview of theories on work flexibility and its applications and moves on to explore the gendered implications of flexible work. Then, it sets out the Norwegian context, together with findings from a qualitative study of agency nurses in Norway. Finally, it draws conclusions on the symbolic boundaries in the nurse workforce and how they are shaped and reshaped by the changing organisation of care.

Keywords: flexibilisation; new public management; Norway; agency nursing; care organisations

Chapter.  6127 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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