‘Lived’ experiences of casual agency staff nurses: A meta synthesis of qualitative studies

Bolstad, Ngaire (2010) ‘Lived’ experiences of casual agency staff nurses: A meta synthesis of qualitative studies. Masters dissertation thesis, Wintec.

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Although casual agency nursing is widely practiced in New Zealand, there has been little qualitative research published about their work experiences. The number of registered nurses seeking casual agency work has increased since they were originally introduced in the 1970s, due to nurses wanting to work in a variety of clinical settings. There is also an increasing demand by nurses for flexible working hours that accommodate personal, family, or study needs (Northcott, 2002). The researcher has chosen to undertake meta synthesis of three research qualitative studies to explore of the experiences of casual agency staff nurses. This meta synthesis approach is informed by the phenomenological tradition, incorporating my own lived experience working as Clinical Nurse Manager of an agency Department, within the qualitative methodology. The findings of these qualitative research studies were analysed and grouped into themes and meanings. The themes of the experience; work flexibility, orientation, social isolation, education and competencies, patient allocation and professional feedback were identified. Subsequently recommendations were made to enhance future practice.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters dissertation)
Additional Information:30 credit postgraduate research project
Keywords that describe the item:Qualitative, meta synthesis, lived experience, agency nurses
Subjects:R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:965
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Deposited On:04 Apr 2011 04:32
Last Modified:14 Nov 2012 22:40

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