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Resilience as resistance to the new managerialism: portraits that reframe nursing through quotes from the field

Cope, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-4528-4268, Jones, B. and Hendricks, J. (2015) Resilience as resistance to the new managerialism: portraits that reframe nursing through quotes from the field. Journal of Nursing Management, 24 (1). pp. 115-122.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.12279
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Abstract

Aim
This paper acknowledges the relationship between resilience and the new managerialism of contemporary nursing.

Methods
Qualitative portraiture methodology.

Discussion
The new managerialism in hospital settings results in a rapidly increasing turnover of acutely ill or comorbid patients, which directly relates to retention and quality service. In education settings, the management imperative to recruit more students into the profession combined with financial cutbacks leads to similar tensions. In aged care the trend equates care directly with funding, with the same effect. Yet despite this, many registered nurses remain working. Portraiture explored ‘why’ nurses remain in workplaces often described as awful. The resilience of nurses is seen through their stories and reframed to highlight resilience as a form of resistance to the new managerialism inherent in contemporary healthcare.

Conclusion
This paper describes some of the hallmarks of new managerialism where workforce pressures force practices that do not value the ‘human resource’.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/42035
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