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Nurses are seen as general cargo, not the smart TVs you ship carefully': the politics of nurse staffing in England, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands

Wallenburg, Iris, Friebel, Rocco ORCID: 0000-0003-1256-9096, Winblad, Ulrika, Maynou Pujolras, Laia ORCID: 0000-0002-0447-2959 and Bal, Roland (2023) Nurses are seen as general cargo, not the smart TVs you ship carefully': the politics of nurse staffing in England, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 18 (4). 411 - 425. ISSN 1744-1331

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1744133123000178

Abstract

Nurse workforce shortages put healthcare systems under pressure, moving the nursing profession into the core of healthcare policymaking. In this paper, we shift the focus from workforce policy to workforce politics and highlight the political role of nurses in healthcare systems in England, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Using a comparative discursive institutionalist approach, we study how nurses are organised and represented in these four countries. We show how nurse politics plays out at the levels of representation, working conditions, career building, and by breaking with the public healthcare system. Although there are differences between the countries - with nurses in England and Spain under more pressure than in the Netherlands and Sweden - nurses are often not represented in policy discourses; not just because of institutional ignorance but also because of fragmentation of the profession itself. This institutional ignorance and lack of collective representation, we argue, requires attention to foster the role and position of nurses in contemporary healthcare systems.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/health-eco...
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
J Political Science
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2023 14:33
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 08:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120430

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