Reluctant Managers: Nurses Surviving Despite the Bottom Line

Gough, Richard and Fitzpatrick, Maree (2001) Reluctant Managers: Nurses Surviving Despite the Bottom Line. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Chronic hospital bed shortages and compromised patient care has dominated the media over the past decade. Restructure and change are the catch cries for the survival of a quality public health system. The majority of existing Australian research has focussed on the impact of hospital restructures and retrenchment from the perspectives of the non-professional staff such as cleaners and kitchen hands. This research investigates the perceptions of middle management nurses in a major Victorian hospital. Unlike other managerial survivors of restructuring, this research reveals that this group of nurse managers have remained committed to their vocation and their workplace, despite the unrelenting pressures they have endured.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords reluctant managers; nurses; surviving; middle management nurses; restructure
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