RN? Registered or rubber nurse?

Cheryl Ross, Cath Rogers

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This paper, as part of a larger critical ethnographic doctoral study, describes the influence of workplace regulation, nursing culture and a lack of role boundaries on nursing workload. Nursing workload is of keen interest in a climate where shortages of staff and limited funding constrain the number of registered nurses available to provide direct clinical care. Contemporary nursing work is subject to ‘measurement’ using a raft of workload measurement tools which qualify and quantify a range of tasks which nurses perform. However, such tools do not recognise the ‘other’ work which nurses do related to workplace culture and climate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-555
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate
  • Culture
  • Ethnography
  • Nursing workload
  • Role boundaries


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